NEW YORK — On foot, on bicycles, some with dogs on leashes, about 14,000 people converged on Central Park for a memorial service Sunday to honor Princess Diana.
It was the first such event in the park since a memorial in 1980 for another British icon, John Lennon.
"More than anything, I came to say goodbye to someone who cared about the poor and needy, who was rich and privileged enough not to have to," said Richard Thomson, 47, a Scottish-born New Yorker.
Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani and Britain's consul general in New York, Jeffrey Ling, headed the all-faith program that honored Diana for both her charity work and her sense of style.
"She disarmed us with her humility," Giuliani said, mistakenly referring to the princess of Wales as the princess of York before the crowd's murmuring led him to correct himself. "We were drawn to her ultimately because of her heart, not her nobility."