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Tuesday, December 2, 1997 Published at 12:00 GMT


Security tightened at Diana's resting place
image: [ Diana's final resing place at the Althorp estate. ]
Diana's final resing place at the Althorp estate.

Security has been increased around the grave of Diana, Princess of Wales, on the Althorp estate in west Northamptonshire after two people tried to climb the perimeter walls.

A spokeswoman for the Estate said the attempt to scale the walls at Althorp was made more than a mile from the island where Princess Diana is buried. Northamptonshire police were not brought in to deal with the situation.

Managers at the Althorp Estate say extra staff have been taken on and a sophisticated security system has been installed.

[ image: Heart-shaped motif on fence]
Heart-shaped motif on fence
A steel fence is going to be erected in the vicinity of the island where the Princess was laid to rest. It is designed to be purely decorative but will help ensure the island and lake are not damaged by visitors when Althorp Park is opened to the public in July and August next year. 3,000 visitors a day are expected.

The 7ft high steel fence is one of a number of security measures being planned. It will be painted "estate blue" to match other railings in the 600-acre park.

The fence will have a heart shaped motif to remind visitors of Diana who became known as the "Queen of Hearts."

Daventry District Council said it had received the planning application, but the plans must also be passed by English Heritage because the estate is a grade one listed park.

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