In the days following Diana's death, the Queen, Charles, and other members of the royal family were widely criticized, both by those who accused them of having some involvement in Diana’s passing and those who slammed their behavior after her death.
As Great Britain grieved, Queen Elizabeth remained in Scotland with Harry and William, and the British flag did not fly at half-mast outside of Buckingham Palace. The Sunday morning after her death, the royals went to church, but Diana’s name was not mentioned in the service.
All of this -- though seemingly a cold move -- was due to royal traditions and norms. But with the increasing pressure from the public, Queen Elizabeth was forced to break those traditions and to publicly honor Diana. She gave her first live televised address in decades, honoring Diana’s life and legacy, and memorably bowed her head to Diana’s coffin as it passed the day of the funeral, an unprecedented tribute.