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 Princess Diana, Third Anniversary, August 31, 2000
Diana, Princess of Wales
Memorial Playground  in Kensington Gardens, London


~Diana~
Loving mother of William and Harry
So sorry, many would have built cathedrals in your memory!
Elle




ISSUE 1701Friday 21 January 2000
Peter Pan inspires Diana memorial
By Robert Hardman

THE public received its first glimpse yesterday of the £1.3 million Diana, Princess of Wales children's playground to be built next to her former London home.
 
 
Memorial plan: an artist's drawing of the new Diana, Princess of Wales playground 
It will be roughly twice the size of the existing Kensington Gardens play area and will boast a strong Peter Pan theme, in honour of J M Barrie, the author of the children's story, who funded the original site. 

A 50ft pirate ship with a 35ft mast and surrounded by sand will be the focal point. The playground will also have a wigwam village, a tree house encampment and a "movement and musical garden" with a wooden xylophone and a water piano.

 A "seascape path" with the sound of crashing waves will lead children to "mermaid's fountain" via a sleeping crocodile which squirts water when awoken. Elsewhere, an under-threes' area will contain special swings and the entire area has been designed with the disabled in mind.

 Adrian Wikeley of Land Use Consultants, which has designed the playground, said: "For too long, children have had to suffer sterile and often boring playgrounds which feature an assorted collection of unimaginative equipment surrounded by wide expanses of asphalt. 

"This new facility is intended to set a new precedent for playground design with a site which allows children opportunities to develop their innate spontaneity and curiosity."

 The consultants were appointed by the Royal Parks Agency in conjunction with the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Committee. Earlier this week, the committee announced that it is to commission a fountain in one of the Royal Parks.

19 January 2000: Memorial fountain for Princess confirmed
23 December 1999: Diana park is Peter Pan treat for children
23 September 1999: Diana memorial team to discuss fountain in park
 

Rosa Monckton, close friend of the late Diana,  Princess of Wales, right, with her daughter Domenica Lawson, last godchild of Diana, Princess of Wales, and Charles Althorp, Earl Spencer, brother of Diana, Princess of Wales, third from right, with his children watch the
Bridge Lane Theatre Company perform the last act of JM Barrie's "Peter Pan" around a pirate ship, the centrepiece of the Diana, Princess of  Wales Memorial Playground in Kensington Gardens, London, Friday June 30, 2000. The  playground and walk, commisioned by the Diana,  Princess of Wales Memorial Committee was officially opened Friday. (AP Photo/Christine Nesbitt)
Actors from the Bridge Lane Theatre Company perform the last act of J.M.  Barrie's Peter Pan around a pirate ship, the centerpiece of the "Diana, Princess of  Wales Memorial Playground" in Kensington Gardens, London, Friday, June 30, 2000. The $2.5 million playground, which is near Diana's former Kensington Palace home, is built around a Peter Pan theme, since J.M. Barrie, creator of the classic children's story, had funded a playground on the site in 1906.(AP Photo/Christine Nesbitt)

 Thursday June 29 10:02 AM ET

Royal Family Snubs Diana Memorial?

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's royal family is to snub the unveiling of the first official memorial to the late Princess Diana, the mass circulation Mirror tabloid reported on Thursday.

A three million pound ($4.8 million) playground and seven-mile (11 km) walkway dedicated to Diana -- the former wife of heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles -- is due to be opened in London's Kensington Gardens Friday.

 Despite invitations to Buckingham Palace and Charles from the Diana Memorial Committee, set up after her death in a Paris car crash in 1997, no member of the royal family would be present, the Mirror said.

It quoted an unnamed source close to the committee as accusing Charles's office of trying to distance the prince from Diana so they could promote his long-time lover, Camilla Parker Bowles.

``The campaign to promote Camilla is becoming pretty intense and anything that reminds people of the princess is being pushed aside,'' the source said.

No immediate comment was available from Buckingham Palace or Charles's office on the report.

Charles and Camilla have been gradually emerging into the public limelight as a couple, although surveys still show that many Britons blame her for the break-up of the prince's marriage to Diana.


A visitor inspects the tributes on the gates as crowds gather at Kensington Palace the former home of Diana, Princess of Wales, on the third anniversary of her death, Thursday, Aug. 31, 2000. Visitors from all over the world are here to pay their respects and to lay flowers. Diana was killed in a car crash in Paris exactly three years ago. (AP Photo/Dave Caulkin)
Crowds gather at London's Kensington Palace, the former home of Britain's Diana, Princess of Wales, on the third anniversary of her death, Thursday, August 31, 2000. Visitors from all over the world are here to pay their respects and to lay flowers. Diana was killed in a car crash in Paris exactly three years ago today. (AP Photo/Dave Caulkin)
A man dressed in the Union Flag t-shirt lays a bouquet as crowds gather at London's Kensington Palace, the former home of Britain's Diana, Princess of Wales, on the third anniversary of her death, Thursday, August 31, 2000. Visitors from all over the world are here to pay their respects and to lay flowers. Diana was killed in a car crash in Paris exactly three years ago today. (AP Photo/Dave Caulkin)

~More on the Third Anniversary~
 
page one
CNN report: Some still come to remember Diana
Prince William's Coat of Arms 
contains a tribute to his late mother 
Princess Diana - in the shape of a small 
red escallop shell.

page two
Diana Anniversary Marked Quietly
U.S. To Be Sued in Diana Case, 
Fayed to sue CIA for documents on Princess Diana, 
Was Diana's Death an Establishment Plot,
Rose plaques mark out Diana walk,
new photographs.


 
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