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Saturday, November 29, 1997 Published at 09:49 GMT



UK

Diana's grave to be fenced in
image: [ Diana, Princess of Wales, is buried at her family home in Northamptonshire ]
Diana, Princess of Wales, is buried at her family home in Northamptonshire

A 7ft high steel fence could soon be built around the island grave of Diana, Princess of Wales.

It is one of a number of security measures being planned at Althorp House near Northampton, before the estate is opened to the public for the first time since her death.

The Princess's brother, Earl Spencer, wants the fence to be erected around the island and its surrounding lake. It will be painted "estate blue" to match other railings in the 600-acre park.


[ image: The fence will be decorated with heart design]
The fence will be decorated with heart design
The fence would be decorated will 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.

Officials at Althorp hope the fence will help ensure that the island and lake are not damaged by visitors. They expect up to 3,000 visitors a day next summer when the park opens.








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