As we approach the official 20th anniversary of Princess Diana's untimely and unfortunate passing on Aug. 31, 1997, you might be seeing an uptick in coverage of that fateful day and what happened afterward. Her public funeral drew thousands, but would you believe me if I told you that one of the people in attendance was a future fighter of zombies on television?
While there were most definitely celebrities in attendance at Princess Diana's funeral, Andrew Lincoln, a future Walking Dead actor and holder of creepy signs, was walking in the procession behind Princess Diana's casket. The information about Lincoln's role in Princess Diana's funeral came out during an interview with UK publication Metro back in 2008 (and it must be picking up speed once again given the upcoming anniversary).
Lincoln was brief in his recounting of the events to Metro: "It was a strange day and I just kept my head down. I was in awe of the princes. Losing a parent and then having to grieve publicly is extraordinary. I was asked because I'm a RADA graduate and all the organizations Princess Diana was a patron of were represented. We had to walk behind the gun carriage that carried her body. It was a very bizarre experience."
Indeed, at the time, Lincoln was a student at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, one of the foremost drama schools in the world. Princess Diana had been a patron of RADA, among a variety of other charities and institutions, during her lifetime. Apparently, Lincoln was part of an incredibly select group who got to walk in the public funeral proceedings. How wild is that?
There's no doubt in my mind that we'll most likely be hearing more unusual and interesting stories like Lincoln's as we close in on Aug. 31. There are plenty of new documentaries and retrospectives set to air in anticipation of the anniversary of Princess Diana's death, so some new memories will undoubtedly come to light. Let's keep our fingers crossed that we get at least a few more celebrity recollections as we approach Aug. 31. They will no doubt be intriguing to hear.
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