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Prince Philip, duke of Edinburgh, and Queen Elizabeth II view the thousands of flowers and tributes left outside Kensington Palace in memory of Diana, princess of Wales, on Sept. 5, 1997. Princess Diana's death 15 years ago this week made the British monarchy more attuned to their own image. Diana died in a car crash in a Parisian road tunnel on Aug. 31, 1997, alongside her companion, Dodi Fayed, triggering an extraordinary chain of events. John Stillwell / AFP/Getty Images