Paris will name a square after Princess Diana near the site where she died in a car crash 22 years ago
- Paris City Hall will vote next month on renaming square after Princess Diana
- Site is close to the Alma Tunnel where the British royal died in a car crash
- It was due to be named after singer Maria Callas, but was never inaugurated
- Officials said they wanted to honour Diana for her humanitarian work
Paris is due to name a small plaza after Diana, Princess of Wales, at the site of the car crash that killed the British royal 22 years ago.
A golden flame monument, a replica of the one atop the Statue of Liberty, already sits at the site above the Alma Tunnel and has served as a makeshift memorial since the fatal accident.
The square was due to be named after opera singer Maria Callas and inaugurated in September 1997 – but following the death of Diana on August 31, the ceremony was never carried out.
A square containing a replica of the State of Liberty’s torch in Paris is due to be named after Princess Diana, who died in a car crash in the Alma Tunnel which runs underneath it
The square had been due to be inaugurated after opera singer Maria Callas in September 1997, but the ceremony never took place after Diana died just a few days before
Instead, Avenue Georges Mandel in the 16th Arrondissement was named after the singer, which officials said is a fitting tribute.
Since the flame statue has already been adopted as a memorial to the princess, city hall officials said it was only proper to name the square after her.
The naming of the square has already been agreed by officials in the French capital, and is now set to be ratified at a municipal council meeting on June 11.
‘It’s a testament to how much Paris loved Lady Di,’ said a Paris council source, using the affectionate name that the French still use for the late royal.
The name change will also recognise Diana as ‘one of the most famous women in the world at the end of the twentieth century’ and ‘an emblematic figure of the world’s humanitarian causes.’
Diana was a regular visitor to Paris, and to the South of France, and was viewed by the French as a classic English rose.
Despite this, subsequent mayors have struggled to get projects commemorating her off the ground.
A plan to build a £1million garden to Princess Diana in the Marais district of Paris was abandoned in 2015, and now it has now simply reverted to its original name – the Clos des Blancs-Manteaux.
The 36-year-old princess, her boyfriend Dodi al Fayed and driver Henri Paul died after their Mercedes crashed into a concrete pillar in the tunnel.
The news stunned the world, rocked the British Royal Family, and led to days of intense news coverage around the globe.
Paris officials said the square will recognise Diana’s status as one of the most famous women in the world and a champion of humanitarian causes before she died
Diana, 36, died alongside boyfriend Dodi al Fayed and driver Henri Paul when their limousine crashed in the tunnel (wreckage pictured)