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London, Greater London, England
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INCORPORATING THE EVENING NEWS 30p LONDON SATURDAY 6 SEPTEMBER 1997 Vast crowds at every vantage point to see the cortege pass by by GERAINT SMITH and SANDRA LAVILLE THE WORLD stopped today to mourn Diana Princess of Wales as millions came in pilgrimage to line her funeral route The crowds on streets were bigger than any since VE Day as shops offices pubs sports stadiums theatres and libraries closed for the day More than 30000 people camped out about 2000 of them round Westminster Abbey Some had been there for days Hundreds of thousands more poured into the centre a constant stream including children walking hand-in-hand with parents through the dark of the small hours are urging people to move to other streets to watch the said an anxious police officer anticipating the prospect of up to several million people making their way to the centre of London By 4am the streets around Parliament Square and Westminster Abbey were full and police were appealing for mourners to stay away from the area That was even before the first special train services began to arrive at 420am from around the country and an hour before the first Underground trains set off carrying the thousands who waited patiently outside Tube stations across the capital for the network to open Makeshift villages sprang up along the route lit by candles as the mourners kept vigil On the steps of the Victoria Memorial before the gates of Buckingham Palace an impromptu choir sang softly Outside Westminster Abbey there was more singing as inside too Elton John rehearsed the new version of Candle in the Wind written for the saddest moment of his career About 25 million people nearly half the population were expected to watch the funeral on television in Britain joined in their grief by an extraordinary 25 billion viewers throughout the world 7 -A- 5 is -j at Memorial mi.

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