Je'taime Prince William Returns to Paris First Time Since Princess Diana's Death

On Friday, March 17, Prince William and his wife, Duchess Kate, returned to the French capital since his mother, Princess Diana, died in a car crash there in 1997.

 Getty. William, Hollande and Middleton at the Elysee Palace.

Getty. William, Hollande and Middleton at the Elysee Palace.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met with UK ambassador to France Edward Llewellyn and his wife Anne Llewellyn to attend a black-tie dinner and reception hosted by Edward Llewellyn, Britain's ambassador to France, at the British Embassy.

   Photo: MICHEL EULER/AFP/Getty Images

  Photo: MICHEL EULER/AFP/Getty Images

"Before I came here, Her Majesty The Queen reminded me of how much she has enjoyed her many visits to France," William told his fellow guests. "It is a feeling that Catherine and I entirely share, and look forward to this and many more visits in the years to come – to France, our ally, our friend, our neighbor."

William's Parisian tour marks a major milestone in his life - 20 years since his mother's passing. (At the age of only 36, Princess Diana tragically died in a car accident in the French city in August 1997.) This year, celebrations and commemorative events will take place in memory of the late royal, including the Diana Award, a fashion exhibition featuring her iconic wardrobe and a gala hosted by her brother Earl Spencer. A statue of the princess will also be installed in the Kensington Palace public gardens.

 Dutchess Kate and Prince William at Musee D'Orsay.  Photo: Eliot Blondet/ SC Pool - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images

Dutchess Kate and Prince William at Musee D'Orsay.  Photo: Eliot Blondet/ SC Pool - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images