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Sunday, January 11, 1998 Published at 12:53 GMT


Diana burial papers released to quell rumours
image: [ Authorities confirm that Diana is buried on the island at Althorp ]
Authorities confirm that Diana is buried on the island at Althorp

The burial certificate of Diana, Princess of Wales has been made public to prove that she is buried on the island at her family's estate at Althorp.

The Bishop of Peterborough allowed the paper to be release to scotch conspiracy theories that the Princess was laid to rest in the Spencer family crypt in the parish church of St Mary the Virgin, in nearby Great Brington, Northants.

[ image: Diana in 1996]
Diana in 1996
A spokeman for the Bishop said that the rumours, which have been circulating in Northamptonshire pubs and dinner parties for several months, appear to have been sparked by work done on the Spencer family vault in the weeks surrounding the funeral.

"What I think happened is that people came into the church, saw the fresh cement, put two and two together and made about 840," said the spokesman.

The Rev David MacPherson, vicar of Great Brington, said in a newspaper interview: "I knew these rumours were circulating and they are completely untrue ... People live on conspiracy theories.

"The truth is often much simpler."

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