The death of Princess Diana shocked the world. On September 6, 1997, Princess Diana’s funeral was held at Westminster Abbey.
The funeral procession was attended by Prince William and Harry, Prince Charles, Prince Philip and Diana’s brother, Charles Spencer.
An estimated 2.5 billion people watched. There were tears, fainting, applause and many crowds to say a final goodbye to the beloved princess.
However, another funeral that was practically overlooked was that of Dodi Al Fayed.
What was Dodi Al Fayed’s funeral like?
Dodi Al Fayed’s funeral was held at the Muslim cemetery in Woking, southwest London, in the privacy of the family.
His mortal remains were brought to England by private plane and a ceremony was held at the Central Mosque in the British capital.
Mohamed Al Fayed, father of the deceased, attended the ceremony visibly affected by the loss.
Despite opposition from British authorities to granting him citizenship, a spokesman for Harrods department store, owned by Al Fayed at the time, said it was his wish to bury his son in the UK.
Initially, there had been speculation that Dodi would be buried in his family’s hometown of Alexandria in Egypt.
However, he was eventually buried at Brookwood Cemetery, near Woking, in early September 1997.
In October of the same year, Mohamed Al-Fayed obtained permission to rebury his son’s body in the grounds of the family home in Oxted.
Interestingly, Mohamed Al Fayed passed away on August 30, 2023, one day before the anniversary of the death of his son and Princess Diana.
A Muslim funeral was held at London’s Central Mosque in Regent’s Park, where the tycoon’s body was reportedly buried next to that of his son.