Britain is continuing to mourn Diana, Princess of Wales with many Britons and tourists paying homage throughout Monday night.
Mourners reacted with dismay to French police reports on Monday that Diana's driver had three times the legal limit of alcohol in his blood stream.
French police are due to decide on Thursday whether to release the seven photographers they are currently holding or to place them under formal investigation - one step short of being formally charged.
Headlines in the British newspapers on Tuesday morning all carried the allegations.
Prosecutors say the driver of the armoured Mercedes who died with Princess Diana and her companion Dodi Fayed had drunk more alcohol than the legal limit.
And a police official -- speaking on condition of anonymity -- says the car's speedometer was stuck at 196 kilometres-per-hour (121 miles-an-hour).
The news hit hard in a nation already struggling to cope with losing such a youthful icon so abruptly.
It comes on top of allegations that celebrity photographers, who had chased the speeding vehicle, may have been partly responsible.
Outside Kensington Palace, which was Diana's home, mourners are still gathering and laying wreaths, and leaving messages and candles well into the night.
And outside St. James's Palace, where Diana's coffin is laying within a closed chapel, the thoughts of ordinary Britons seemed to turn again and again to the life - not the death - of the "people's princess."
"It's just a sad, sad, loss. She was cut off in the prime of her life, she'd just found new happiness now with Dodi Fayed and it's just a tragedy but at least they can be re-united now, they are together, in heaven."
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"I came because I think so much of Lady Diana, I've always thought very highly of her. She's been something i have followed from the moment that she met the Prince of Wales and all I can say is that it's such a sad loss, to everybody, not just myself but to everybody else."
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Britain will come to a standstill on Saturday for Diana's funeral.
Hundreds of shops, theatres, cinemas, banks and radio stations have joined a groundswell of organisations planning to close or observe a silence on the day of her funeral.