Princess Diana and also her beau Dodi Fayed passed away two decades back this month, adhering to a a crash in Paris" Pont de l"Alma tunnel.

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Though their relationship started simply that summer, Fayed, a producer of films like Hook and Chariots that Fire, had chose to suggest to Diana that night, according to accounts. Here"s what we"ve pieced with each other of Diana"s critical 24 hours. 

Aug. 30, 1997 (all times local)

Around 4:30 p.m.: Diana and Fayed come at the Ritz Paris, own by his father, Egyptian business man Mohamed Fayed, through the earlier door and occupy the royal Suite.

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Between 5:40 and 6:30 p.m.: Reportedly, Fayed ventures to Repossi jewelers and also two rings space later yielded to the royal Suite. However, a 2013 Vanity Fair write-up says Diana told a friend the ring she meant to receive would it is in "going steady on my best hand."

Around 7 p.m.: Diana and also Fayed exit the Ritz with the behind entrance and are pushed to his residence, near the Arc de Triomphe.


At 9:50 p.m.: Utilizing the hotel"s former entrance, the couple enters and heads for its L"Espadon restaurant, ~ forgoing appointments at Benoit Paris because of rampant paparazzi, according to Christopher Andersen"s book, The day Diana Died. Diana supposedly orders Dover sole, vegetables tempura and a mushroom and also asparagus omelet. Andersen defines Fayed easily grows suspicious that photographers could be posing as restaurant patrons and requests your food be ceded to your room.


Aug. 31, 1997

12:20 a.m.: with bodyguard Trevor Rees-Jones, Fayed and Diana apparently attempt to evade photographers through leaving the hotel v its behind entrance to return to his apartment. They enter the backseat that a black color Mercedes S280 come be pushed by Ritz protection employee Henri Paul.

According come Andersen"s account, Paul had at the very least two drink (a Scotch and also a beer) that evening. His blood alcohol level was established to be more than 3 times France"s legitimate limit. A September 1997 evaluation of Paul"s blood, hair and also spinal cord later on detected the antidepressant Prozac as well Tiapridal, occasionally used to combat alcohol withdrawal. 

The BBC reported in 2007, prior to their departure, Paul taunted the paparazzi, remind one witness come his antics, Stephane Darmon, of his very own alcoholic father.


At approximately 12:23 a.m.: The speeding car, in a misguided effort to outrun photogs, collides with a concrete obelisk in the Pont de l"Alma tunnel. Seconds earlier, Paul"s co-worker Trevor Rees-Jones had actually buckled his seat belt, which Andersen said went versus typical procedure for bodyguards. That is the only one who lives to watch the sun rise. 

Fayed and Paul die on the scene. Complying with the accident, Dr. Frédéric Maillez happens to it is in driving by and tends to Diana with limited supplies before the ambulance"s arrival. Workers use an electric chainsaw come extract Diana native the car.


Approximately 1:20 a.m.: ~ attempting come stabilize Diana onsite, the ambulance transports she to the hospital, Andersen says in his book. French ambulances subscribe to a "stay and play" method, unequal the American "scoop and also run" technique. Follow me the way, she ill cardiac arrest and the ambulance stop while AED and CPR space administered.

1:45 a.m.: Britain"s ambassador come France, Michael Jay, is informed of the accident. He advises the queen"s private secretary, Robin Janvrin, that is through the royal household at Balmoral. 

Approximately 2:01 a.m.: Diana arrives at Pitié-Salpétrière Hospital, undergoing surgery minutes later, according to Andersen.


4:00 a.m.: The princess, who commemorated her 36th date of birth the previous month, is express dead.

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"Diana"s human body arrived in a problem of severe hemorrhage and shock," hospital anesthesiologist Dr. Bruno Riou tells the media one hour later.. "An urgent surgery showed a significant wound come the left pulmonary vein. Despite the closure the this wound and also the two-hour external and also internal cardiac massage, no official respiratory circulation could be established..."

6:00 p.m.: Accompanied by Prince Charles and also her sisters, Lady woman Fellowes and Lady buy it McCorquodale, Diana"s body leaves the hospital bound because that England, write Andersen. Around an hour later, their airplane touches under at RAF Northolt, whereby a ceremonial security carries her coffin, draped in the royal standard, to a waiting hearse.