British Media, Public Honor Princess Diana on 15th Anniversary of Her Death

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LONDON - Members of the British public on Friday laid down flower wreaths, photos, posters and messages at Kensington Palace here to mark the 15th anniversary of Princess Diana's death.

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The Princess, killed in a car crash in Paris in 1997 at the age of 36, used to draw intense media coverage - and many paparazzi - in her life time and with her death, earning her the name "the people's princess." She also influenced the fashion of her time.

Evening news reports and web sites here reported that well-wishers turned out to honor her on Friday. The BBC reported that there were no official ceremonies though.

ITV reported that tourists, Diana fans and passers-by also took photos and read tributes at the gates to Kensington Palace where after her death a sea of bouquets and tributes were left in her memory.

In Paris, visitors also paid their respects near the site of the car crash, leaving photos and messages at the Flame of Liberty statue, the BBC said.

The Daily Mail said on its website that her sons, Princes William and Harry, spent the day away from the public eye.

Princess Diana would have turned 51 on Friday.

Two Princess Diana movies are currently in the works.

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One features Naomi Watts as Diana and is set to be released in February. The film, recently renamed Diana, focuses on the last years of her life.

The second movie is based on a book by a former bodyguard and produced by The Iron Lady’s Stephen Evans. It is scheduled to start filming next year, the Mirror said.

Meanwhile, a controversial documentary, Unlawful Killing, was recently shelved. It was set to open in several territories on Friday, but it couldn't secure the insurance to indemnify producers and distributors from any lawsuits involving its content.

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