Princess Diana's final resting place to get multi-million pound facelift 20 years on after criticism over her 'neglected' grave
- Diana, Princess of Wales, was buried at Spencer estate of Althorp in 1997
- But some have claimed her resting place has been left 'neglected'
- Now island where she was buried and the lake surrounding it are to be redesigned in project to mark the 20th anniversary of her death
The island where she was buried on September 6, 1997, and the lake surrounding it are to be redesigned to mark the 20th anniversary of her death next year.
In 2014 Diana's former chef attacked her brother Earl Spencer for neglecting her final resting place at the family's Althorp Estate in Northamptonshire.
The island where Princess Diana was buried and the lake surrounding it at the Althorp Estate in Northamptonshire are to be redesigned to mark the 20th anniversary of her death next year
Diana Princess of Wales is pictured in a coach on her way to State Opening of Parliament in 1991
At the time Darren McGrady, who cooked for Diana and the Queen posted several photographs of the memorial on Twitter, showing the lake near her grave covered in algae.
Taking to Twitter, Mr McGrady said: 'If I cared for Princess Diana in life as you are doing in death I would have been fired. Please tidy up the vegetation on the island.'
'Made me so sad to see how Althorp Estate has neglected Princess Diana's resting place.'
However, the estate maintained that the burial site was being well looked after, and said the hot summer months had caused the algae to spread quickly, making it more difficult to remove.
The island is located at the centre of the Spencer family’s 500-year-old ancestral estate, Althorp, which spans 13,000 acres surrounding its walled 500-acre park
Following Diana's death 36 oak trees were planted to mark each year of her life, along with hundreds of white water lilies and roses (She is pictured attending events left, in 1994 and right, in 1995)
The Welsh Guards carry the coffin of Princess Diana out of Westminster Abbey during her funeral
Now, the estate has announced the area will undergo a major revamp.
A spokesman said: 'The Oval Lake where Diana, Princess of Wales, was laid to rest is undergoing an extensive redesign to honour her memory. It will be completed in time for the 20th anniversary of her death, in August 2017.'
The island is located at the centre of the Spencer family’s 500-year-old ancestral estate, which spans 13,000 acres surrounding its walled 500-acre park.
Following Diana's death 36 oak trees were planted to mark each year of her life, along with hundreds of white water lilies and roses.
Princess Diana's grave is to be given a multi-million pound facelift following complaints it was being 'neglected'
In 2014 Diana's former chef attacked her brother Earl Spencer for neglecting her final resting place at the family's Althorp Estate in Northamptonshire
Althorp has been the Spencers’ historic home for the past 18 generations, since it was built in 1508.
The island at Althorp is in the process of undergoing extensive remodeling, along with the rest of Althorp’s gardens.
The project at Althorp, which Earl Spencer’s wife, Countess Spencer is leading, will constitute the first transformation of the historic grounds since they were originally designed 350 years ago by André Le Nôtre – King Louis XIV of France’s principal gardener who masterminded the gardens of Versailles.
Visitors pay up to £18.50 to enter the 500-year-old estate, although there is no public access to the island itself. It has never been revealed exactly where on the island Diana is buried.