We have all felt those emotions in these last few days. So what I
say to you now, as your queen and as a grandmother, I say from my
First, I want to pay tribute to Diana myself. She was an exceptional
and gifted human being. In good times and bad, she never lost her
capacity to smile and laugh, nor to inspire others with her warmth
I admired and respected her -- for her energy and commitment to
others, and especially for her devotion to her two boys.
This week at Balmoral, we have all been trying to help William and
Harry come to terms with the devastating loss that they and the rest
of us have suffered.
No one who knew Diana will ever forget her. Millions of others who
never met her, but felt they knew her, will remember her.
I for one believe that there are lessons to be drawn from her life
and from the extraordinary and moving reaction to her death.
I share in your determination to cherish her memory.
This is also an opportunity for me, on behalf of my family, and
especially Prince Charles and William and Harry, to thank all of you
who have brought flowers, sent messages, and paid your respects in
so many ways to a remarkable person.
These acts of kindness have been a huge source of help and comfort.
Our thoughts are also with Diana's family and the families of those
who died with her. I know that they too have drawn strength from
what has happened since last weekend, as they seek to heal their
sorrow and then to face the future without a loved one.
I hope that tomorrow we can all, wherever we are, join in expressing
our grief at Diana's loss, and gratitude for her all-too-short life.
It is a chance to show to the whole world the British nation united
in grief and respect.
Queen Elizabeth II Speech
Death of Princess Diana