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HALF MAST FOR DIANA; Queen's flag tribute - but Anne snubs service.

Flags will fly at half mast on royal palaces and Government buildings on the first anniversary of Princess Diana's death.

The Queen has ruled all flags at royal residences will be lowered on Monday, August 31.

But Princess Anne has decided to snub the mourning for her late sister- in-law at Balmoral. Most of the Royal Family will be there and Princes Charles, William, and Harry will attend a private service at Crathie Kirk.

Instead Anne will be at a naval spectacular at Portsmouth.

The Queen was stung by the public outcry at the decision to keep the Union Flag flying at full mast over Buckingham Palace in the days after Diana's death.

She later broke with tradition and ordered it to be lowered for Diana's funeral. But the latest decision to fly flags at half mast will apply only to the first anniversary of Diana's death.

A palace spokesman said: "As a special mark of respect, the Queen has said that flags at royal residences should be at half mast."

The Government is following suit and has said all flags on its buildings will be at half mast.

Many councils and businesses will be doing the same.

Prime Minister Tony Blair and wife Cherie will be guests at Balmoral on the anniversary and will join the royals for the service.

Another will be held for courtiers and Diana's former staff at St James's Palace.

But the father of Diana's last boyfriend Dodi Fayed has bizarre plans for the anniversary of their death. He is said to be planning a classical music concert outside his Harrod's store in west London.

He is also considering being hoisted to the Harrod's roof to light an eternal flame in the couple's honour.
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