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Diana remembered 15 years after her death
Tourists leave flowers and tributes at the Flame of Liberty monument to Diana on the anniversary of her death. Picture: AP/Jacques Brinon

On the 15th anniversary of her death, Princess Diana has been remembered as a woman "with two hearts" - one for her and one for the people.

Scores of tributes, flowers, posters and cards have been attached to the gates of Kensington Palace, all remembering Diana who died in a car crash in Paris in 1997.

Many tourists, Diana fans and passers-by took photos and read tributes.

Diana super-fan John Loughrey, 57, dressed head-to-toe in Union flags, arrived at 6am.

"Diana is like diamonds, they never wear away. She's a phenomenon with her charity work and her caring about people. She's the only person on the planet born with two hearts: one is her own heart and one is the heart she gives to the people."

Maria Scott, 41, travelled from Newcastle to attend the memorial. She said she had also been coming for 15 years.

"Diana should be remembered because she's the mother of our future king and she should never be forgotten," Scott said.

"To the country I would say this tribute means a lot and I would like to think William and Harry would like this as well, that we are remembering their mother and all of her humanitarian work as well.

"She wasn't afraid to go the extra mile for anybody."

Petra Vallila, originally from Finland, placed a solitary flower at the gates, but it was not from her.

The 29-year-old from Helsinki, now living in London, said: "I saw it on the news. I saw that people were bringing flowers and I spoke with my mum. She's an old royalist, even though she's from Finland, so she encouraged me to bring a flower for her. So actually I did this for my mum.

"We were following the news and buying glossy magazines with pictures of Diana so we did talk about her quite a lot.

"I think it's kind of nice that people still come here. It's been 15 years, so it's a lovely way to remember someone who did a lot of good. She was obviously a very good person."

The gates of Kensington Palace. Picture: Sang Tan./AP
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