Thursday, July 23, 1998 Published at 17:49 GMT 18:49 UK
Flags at half-mast for Diana
Flags at royal residences will fly at half mast on August 31
The Queen has ruled that all flags at royal residences will be lowered to half-mast on Monday August 31, Buckingham Palace has announced.
The announcement follows the angry public response to the royal family's initial refusal to lower the flag at Buckingham Palace after Diana died.
Tradition demands the Royal Standard flag is never flown at half-mast, even on the death of a monarch.
But protocol was finally broken when the Queen left the palace to attend the princess's funeral a week after her death.
The decision to fly flags at half-mast applies only to the first anniversary of Diana's death, Buckingham Palace said.
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A palace spokeswoman said: "To mark the first anniversary of the death and as a special mark of respect, the Queen has said that flags at royal residences should be half-masted."
"The government has said it will follow suit."
The Queen, Duke of Edinburgh, Prince of Wales, Prince William, 16, and Prince Harry, 13, will be attending private family prayers at Crathie Church, Balmoral, the royals' Scottish estate.
A special - and private - service of remembrance will be held for royal household members and former employees and staff of the princess at St James's Palace.
The Royal Standard flying at Balmoral, will remain at full mast. Like the Standard at Buckingham Palace before an exception was made last year, it is never half-masted, even on the death of the Sovereign.