An elegant dinner at the Ritz in Paris. A post-midnight drive past the city's floodlit treasures. And then, tragedy.
The story of Princess Diana's death at the age of 36 in a tragic accident in a Paris traffic tunnel is still shocking a quarter of a century later.
Twenty-five years later, The Associated Press is providing this account of Diana's final hours in the French capital, published on September 5, 1997, just days after August.
Dying Diana, 31, was trapped in the crumpled wreckage of the Mercedes, with rescuers slicing off the metal roof as they frantically tried to treat her.
Neither Diana nor Fayed was wearing a seat belt; Only bodyguard Rees-Jones, who sits in the front passenger seat, wears one.
Police and firemen arrive. Diana and bodyguard Rhys-Jones are still alive. A car is a crumbly mass of metal and glass.