Princess Diana’s grave site revealed in exclusive pictures on her birthday

Nearly 22 years since her death, the Princess now lies on a picturesque island lake at her childhood family home.

A multi-million pound facelift had transformed her final resting place at Althorp, Northants, only two years ago.

Daily Star Online revealed breathtaking exclusive pictures of the final result ahead of the 20th anniversary of her death.

And tomorrow, on what would have been Diana’s 58th birthday, Althorp will fittingly open its doors to the paying public to visit the stunning setting.

Princess Diana's grave site at Althorp

FIT FOR A PRINCESS: Diana’s grave site looks stunning following a £20million facelift (Pic: DAILY STAR ONLINE)

SERENE: Diana now lies on an island lake at her family home in Northamptonshire (Pic: DAILY STAR ONLINE)

Shrouded in greenery, the island sits on a crystal clear lake as – on a sunny day – sunshine bounces off the water in incredible scenes.

Princes Harry and William often visit Althorp, where their uncle – Diana’s brother – Charles, Earl Spencer now lives to cross the water and be besides their mum’s grave.

The island itself is strictly off-limits to the thousands of people who make the pilgrimage to this vast, 13,000-acre estate every summer to see Diana’s resting place.

When Althorp first announce plans for a huge, 18-month long restoration in 2016, the estate stated the “ambitious” project was “the first major revamp of the gardens in 350 years”.

AT PEACE: Diana’s family home Althorp is now lived in by her brother Charles, Earl Spencer (Pic: DAILY STAR ONLINE)

CHILDHOOD HOME: Diana grew up in these grounds as a teenage girl (Pic: DAILY STAR ONLINE)

It said: “The Oval Lake where Diana, Princess of Wales, was laid to rest on September 6, 1997, is undergoing an extensive redesign to honour her memory.

“It will be completed in time for the 20th anniversary of her death, in August 2017.

“The island at Althorp is in the process of undergoing extensive remodelling, along with the rest of Althorp’s gardens.”

Diana had first moved to the family’s Althorp ancestral seat in the Midlands in 1976, aged 15, after her father John Spencer inherited the title 8th Earl Spencer.

REMEMBERED: A memorial sits next to Diana’s grave site for visitors to leave tributes (Pic: DAILY STAR ONLINE)

It was later handed down to Di’s younger brother Charles, the ninth Earl Spencer, after her father’s death in 1992.

The Princess would later be buried on the estate after a horror car crash in Paris which killed her and her boyfriend, Dodi Fayed.

The estate where she now rests features 36 specially planted oak trees – each one marking a year of Diana’s life.

At her funeral, the Earl Spencer’s heartfelt eulogy touched upon Diana’s “selfless humanity”, saying: “Diana was the very essence of compassion, of duty, of style, of beauty.

“All over the world she was a symbol of selfless humanity. All over the world, a standard bearer for the rights of the truly downtrodden, a very British girl who transcended nationality.

“Someone with a natural nobility who was classless and who proved in the last year that she needed no royal title to continue to generate her particular brand of magic.

“Today is our chance to say thank you for the way you brightened our lives, even though God granted you but half a life.

“We will all feel cheated always that you were taken from us so young and yet we must learn to be grateful that you came along at all.

“Only now that you are gone do we truly appreciate what we are now without and we want you to know that life without you is very, very difficult.”


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