The Honolulu Advertiser from Honolulu, Hawaii on August 31, 1997 · 4
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A4 Sunday, August 31, 1997 Tie Honolulu Advertiser l mm nttrtAM UliiiJ iUillUi'f -"rv""1"- Diana Princess of Wales 1961-1997 Queen 'deeply shocked, distresse e news' Prince Charles tells boys about their mother's death -4 -rf A-W d by ternbl AJvertiser News Services The Princess of Wales' death after a high-speed automobile accident in Paris this weekend triggered an immediate outpouring of shock and sympathy m Britain, led by Queen Elizabeth II. The queen said she was "deeply shocked and distressed by this terrible news" of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, a Buckingham Palace spokesman said. Radio and television stations played the national anthem, "God Save the Queen," and reporters spoke in shocked tones on news programs after the death was confirmed. . Confirmation of 36-year-old Diana's death in a Paris car crash reached Britain a few minutes before 5 a.m. London time, while most of the country was sleeping. The media and public began to gather outside Kensington Palace in London, Diana's residence, shortly after the news of the accident, which also killed Diana's close friend, Dodi Fayed. One reporter described the initial reaction to the accident as "It is a sad end to somebody who has in many ways had a sad life." CARDINAL . ' . BASIL HUME Leader Of the Roman Catholic church m England ano Wales "a palpable sense of disbelief." ' The Prince of Wales reportedly relayed the news of his former wife's death to their two sons. Diana was due to return to London later today and reportedly planned to spend several days with the boys before they began school later this week. British Prime Minister Tony Blair was awakened with the news of the accident and later was informed that Diana had died. "I am utterly devastated," he said in a statement. "The whole of our country, all of us, will be in a state of shock and mourn- I.,. i,,.l.1iuaii..i,i.iinii, . mi.UM. mmmmimtmm.,lllj..amn fe-VlIV- iliii 1 All 7r 1 Advertiser library photo Nov. 8, 1985 Her 1985 visit to Hawaii marked the beginning of the Princess of Wales' first official U.S. visit. She never visited Hawaii again. FOR HAWAII WEATHER, SEE PAGE B4 GETTING IT STRAIGHT We want to correct any errors call the City Desk, 525-H090, or 3110, Honolulu, HI 96802. The Honolulu Advertiser Copyright 1996, Gannett Pacific Corp. 140th Year, No. 49.297 READERLINE: 539-8517. Please call this 24-hour line it you have a comment about the news or our coverage of it. For delivery problems, please call the number below. SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION AND QUESTIONS: 538-NEWS (538-6397). To subscribe, call from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday or 5 a.m. to 1 1 :30 a.m. Sunday. For delivery of a missing or damaged paper on Oahu, call before 9 a.m. Monday-Saturday or before 1 1 ;30 a.m. Sunday. Subscription rates: Suggested 4-week subscription rates for urban Honolulu zip-code areas: . Daily Advertiser only .$7.50 Sunday Advertiser $6.00 Daily and Sunday $13.50 Rates may be higher in rural and suburban Oahu and Neighbor Islands. The publisher reserves the The Honolulu Advertiser. USPS 249-440, Gannett Pacific Corp . published each morning at 605 Kapi-' olam Btvd Honolulu. HI 96813. Periodicals postage paid at Honolulu, Hawaii. Postmaster: Send ad-'. n?ss changes to The Honolulu Advertiser, P.O. Box 3350. Honolulu. HI 96801. ing." Blair called Diana a "wonderful, warm and compassionate person" who will be "mourned as a friend" by everyone in Britain. "Our thoughts and prayers are with her family, particularly her two sons, and with all the families bereaved in this quite appalling tragedy," Blair said. Foreign Secretary Robin Cook, who was traveling abroad, was the first British official to confirm the death, saying he was "deeply shocked by the news." He pledged that the government would "provide every possible assistance that we can." He also said the death would be especially tragic if it turned out that photographers chasing the car in which Diana and Fayed . were riding had helped to cause the accident. He suggested further inquiry was needed. It was a year ago this week when Charles and Diana divorced. But despite the royal breakup, Diana remained an extraordinarily popular figure in Britain. A recent poll showed that : the public believed she should be free to pursue her romance with Fayed without worrying about its impact on the image of the royal family. The increasingly public romance, which included several Mediterranean cruises this summer, added to speculation that Diana might have found a permanent love, which only added to the grief in Britain this morning at the news that both she and Fayed were dead. "This is going to stun the world. It's a tragedy of epic proportions," said Una-Mary Parker, who is close observer of the royal family. British subjects began to "Sc..?.. we publish. If you spot one, please write to The Advertiser, P.O. Box fight to change subscription rates with 28 days' notice. This may be by mail, contained within the newspaper or otherwise Rate changes may be implemented by changing the duration of the subscription. To reach Advertising: Classified want ads .521 -9111 Legal ads 525-7420 Retail ads 525-7646 i uiuiulj ujMiu.m, n. .a iw iihii iwipw "'mm .m ...,1,1.1111. nu.i. .,,, ,u,n jjm.uii.nwi 'y- : Sk,lj - - L..:- The image is still indelible for millions who watched the 1981 wedding on worldwide telecasts: The fairy showing open affection in a Buckingham Palace balcony appearance after the wedding ceremony. Then bring flowers to Kensington Palace within an hour after the news of Diana's death. Even before Diana's death was confirmed, Ingrid Seward, editor of Majesty magazine, said: "It's a great tragedy for all of us It's a terrible story." William Hague, the new leader of the Conservative Party, said: "I'm absolutely shocked. The whole nation will be shocked." Fayed's father, Mohammed Fayed, who owns the Harrods . department store in London and who flew to Paris immediately after the accident, called the deaths "appalling and quite needless." "The world has lost a princess who is simply irreplaceable." Cardinal Basil Hume, leader of the Roman Catholic church in England and Wales, summed Diana came to Hawaii with Charles onl985 visit By Kim Murakawa Advertiser Staff Writer Diana's first official visit to the United States as Princess of Wales in 1985 started with an 18-hour rest stop in Hawaii, accompanied by then-husband Prince Charles. It turned out to be her only visit to Hawaii. During the couple's stopover here on their way from Australia to Washington, D.C., 12 years ago, Charles and Diana made no official appearances. They arrived at Hickam Air Force Base after midnight Nov. 8, 1985, and were greeted by 150 base residents who had gathered at the airfield. They broke from protocol arrangements by walking over to greet the base residents before leaving for their Kahala hotel. Charles and Diana slipped away from media representatives gathered outside the Kahala Hilton that day to spend a few hours in seclusion at a private Kahala mansion. Charles later went for a dip at Sandy Beach. The couple, exhausted after an official visit to Australia, turned down invitations to meet then-Gov. and Mrs. George Ariyoshi at Washington Place, to tour the Arizona Memorial and to visit the Kapi-olani Women's and Children's Medical Center. A hospital newsletter later reported that Diana had arranged for a box of toddler clothing to be delivered to the hospital as a memento of their visit. Diana left Hawaii after telling the acting governor, John Waihee, that she wanted to come back one day, but she never did. up what was for many an initial reaction of the death of the princess a year after her divorce. "It is a sad end to somebody who has in many ways had a sad life," he said. Vacationing in Martha's Vineyard, Mass., President Clinton said he and first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton were "profoundly saddened by the event." Deputy White House press secretary Joe Lockhart said he ' spoke with the president, who gave him this statement: "Hillary and I knew Princess , Diana and we were very fond of her." President Clinton said his thoughts and those of his wife were with Diana's family, friends "and especially her children." 1- I 1 I ' W .fi JJU ; Deborah Booker The Honolulu Advertiser While shopping at Shirokiya in Ala Moana Center yesterday, Joni Albao passed a TV airing news that Princess Diana had died. "I was devastated," she said, as she stopped to listen. "It's very sad." Local residents join mourning Death leaves many shocked, saddened By Mike Gordon Advertiser Staff Writer They stared at TV screens in utter disbelief. Even in Hawaii, thousands of miles removed from the world of the late Princess Diana, her sudden death yesterday stirred public emotion. "It's just a shock," said Anne Barna, who watched CNN reports on an enormous television in Shirokiya at Ala Moana Center. "She's had a tragic life. Her marriage was awful and she was changing her life. And now this." Barna said her husband Dale didn't want to tell her Diana had died because he knew how much she loved the princess. T7, FT I MX : i iff Associated Press library photo March 9, 1997 A royal family portrait on the confirmation of Prince William: front, from left, Prince Harry, Diana, William, Charles, Queen Elizabeth; back row, Constantine of Greece, Lady Susan Hussey, Princess Alexandra, the Duchess of Westminster, Lord Romsey. ... "She seemed like a genuinely nice person, concerned about other people," Dale Barna said. At Sears, people huddled around a pair of tiny TVs, listening hard over a videotaped basketball game and rap music blaring from the electronics department. Malcolm Goodwin, and his wife Hope, had rushed there when they heard the news. Goodwin said he felt a connection to the princess because he had been in England, stationed at Upper Heyford Air Force Base, when Diana married Prince Charles in 1981. "I've always watched Princess Di and Charles because, at the time of their marriage, it was the ultimate fairy tale come true," he said. "She was so young, you don't think of her dying." Hope Goodwin, who also ..-- ' -' ' J - ' - Associated Press library photo July 29, 1981 - tale bride and her Prince Charming, the marriage turned sour. t : f t j - i r w lived in England for a time in the late 1970s, wasn't happy about the role of the paparazzi in the accident "I hope they try to put some control on the European paparazzi because they are crazy," she said. Across town at Pearl Ridge Shopping Center, Gragrella Parrent and her daughter, Margherica, tried to understand what had happened. That a fairy tale would end this way that a sad-eyed princess would die while fleeing photographers seemed senseless. "Authorities shouldn't have allowed the paparazzi to hound them like that," said Margherica Parrent. "These people that were supposedly chasing them should be put in jail." Advertiser staff writer Scott Ishikawa contributed to this report. --; J-' '--1 V,.' - $ L'"

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