Princess Diana, Third Anniversary, August
Diana, Princess of Wales
Memorial Playground in Kensington Gardens, London
Loving mother of William and Harry
So sorry, many would have built cathedrals
in your memory!
Peter Pan inspires
By Robert Hardman
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
|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.
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.
plan: an artist's drawing of the new Diana, Princess of Wales playground
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
January 2000: Memorial fountain for Princess confirmed
December 1999: Diana park is Peter Pan treat for children
September 1999: Diana memorial team to discuss fountain in park
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
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
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)
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