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Well-wishers gather at Althorp estate; DIANA MEMORIAL DAY.

CHARITY workers and well-wishers gathered at the estate where Diana is buried.

Flowers were left at the gates of Althorp - near Northampton - from about 7am.

Althorp is the Spencer family seat and is the home of Diana's brother, Earl Spencer.

Diana, who lived on the estate as a teenager, is buried on an island on a lake in the grounds.

The Earl invited charity workers, members of organisations supported by Diana and limited numbers of members of the public into the estate.

Organisations close to Diana's heart, including Barnardo's, the English National Ballet, the National Aids Trust and the Royal Marsden Hospital, were among groups invited to tour the estate.

It is the first time the public have been allowed into the Spencer family home on an anniversary of the Princess's death.

Since 1998, Althorp has remained closed on August 31.

Earl Spencer said: "This year, though, I wanted to invite, as my family's guests, representatives of those charities and groups particularly associated with Diana.

"It seems a fitting way to remember her invaluable association with so many fine organisations."

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Date:Sep 1, 2007
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