Another anniversary is coming and still no memorial befitting a Princess. The death of Diana still leaves a void in my life and I feel such sadness that the Royals have failed to lead the Brits to build a permanent monument to Diana. She deserves no less than a cathedral. Elle
Princes mark Diana's death privately
and other news on August 31, 2001
Royal National Rose Society (RNRS), Princess Diana Rose Garden
Construction of the rose garden dedicated to Princess Diana is expected
``The spire is the hope and faith she represented, the rock is her
The design for the Queen Mother's garden is along more classical
A Garden that celebrates the life of Diana through creation and renewal.
The major elements of rock, water and plantings represent strength, the passing of time and life itself.
The garden is divided into a series of outdoor rooms that bring together
the times, hopes, loves and
Water plays a major role, being circulated from the great rock and golden
spire that acts as the garden
The latter depicts important scenes and activities with specially commissioned and sculpted plaques.
Sculpture plays a pivotal role with representational pieces in each garden.
Alongside the Diana, Princess of Wales Garden, two more major gardens will
be built in honor of Her
List of Diana's Roses
|Fountain tribute for Diana|
site is perfect,
Plans for a memorial fountain to honour Diana, Princess of Wales have been unveiled.The £3 million fountain will be built on the banks of the Serpentine in Hyde Park and should be completed next year.
It will be funded by the sale of official commemorative coins.
The site was chosen after a committee was set up in February to advise on location, preferred design and installation.
It is headed by Diana's close friend Rosa Monckton and includes landscape designers, architects and art experts.
Ms Monckton said the fountain was what the Princess would have wanted.
"The site is perfect, so peaceful and secret. I know she went there privately," she said.
Earl Spencer has also endorsed the plans to honour his sister, who would have been 40 on July 1.
He said: "If it was a fountain, I would be very happy with that."
The decision to build a fountain rather than a statue as a memorial to Diana was first announced by Prime Minister Tony Blair in September 1999.
A seven-mile landscaped memorial walk and a Peter Pan-themed Diana Memorial
Playground in Kensington Gardens, close to the Princess's former London
home, were opened last year.
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Un tournoi de volley-ball à la mémoire de la princesse DianaPARIS, 24 août (AFP) - Une tournoi de volley-ball en chaise roulante à la mémoire de la princesse Diana réunira ce week-end à Tuzla (Bosnie) huit équipes de Bosnie-Herzégovine, de Hongrie et de Croatie.
Organisé pour la troisième année de suite, ce tournoi marquera le cinquième anniversaire de la visite que fit la princesse Diana en Bosnie-Herzégovine. Elle avait alors assisté à un tournoi de volley-ball en chaise roulante organisé en son honneur par le Réseau des survivants des champs de mine (LSN), une organisation humanitaire internationale dont le siège est à Washington.
Quelques-uns des joueurs qui l'avaient rencontrée participeront samedi et dimanche au tournoi de Tuzla. Selon LSN une mine explose toutes les 22 minutes dans le monde en provoquant de graves handicaps qui reçoivent peu de soins ou pas de soins du tout dans 90 % des cas dans les pays en voie de développement.
Avant sa mort accidentelle, le 31 août 1997, la princesse Diana avait montré sa constante préoccupation à ce sujet.
Diana - struggling to keep memory alive four years on
29th June 2001 12:08
Althorp, England (dpa) - The lord of the manor reacts with indignation. "A brother who has lost his sister does not profit from her death," says Charles, ninth Earl Spencer and younger brother of Princess Diana.
Spencer, 37, has thrown open his stately home at Althorp to members of the press
ahead of the 40th anniversary on Sunday of the birth of Diana Princess of Wales. He is determined that her memory should remain alive almost four years after her untimely death in a Paris motor accident.
"Accusations that I am making money from her death are so patently not true," he says, pointing to the large sums transferred to charities in her name.
Dressed in casual open shirt and jeans, Spencer evinces pride in what he has made
of Althorp, a large estate set in the Nottinghamshire countryside some two hours' drive north of London.
"I have achieved what I set out to achieve - to take it beyond reproach and to take this estate into a different stratosphere from every other stately home in this country," he says.
On Sunday the gates of Althorp will be opened for two months to allow visitors from all over the world to see her final resting place. Others further away can visit the website at www.althorp.com
Since 1998, Diana's many admirers have been coming, although the numbers are in decline from their peak of 140,000 in that year. Foot and mouth disease means that the 120,000 achieved last year is unlikely to be repeated this year, according to estate manager David Fawkes.
This is one of the reasons behind Spencer's decision to entertain the press - even the tabloids, whom he castigated in his 1997 funeral address for being partly to blame for Diana's death.
Fawkes also says the intention is once again to begin using the stately home, set in generously proportioned parkland amid idyllic hills, as a conference centre.
The family seat of the Spencers, built originally in 1573, had been used for this purpose until Diana's brother had the stables rebuilt as a museum to her memory for some three million pounds (4.2 million dollars).
Fawkes notes that the conference centre brought in "considerable sums", adding that maintenance of the great house costs around 400,000 pounds a year.
All income from the stream of visitors - who get to see some rooms inside the great house - are paid into the memorial fund set up in Diana's name. Since 1998 more than 800,000 pounds have been transferred to 250 aid organizations, and as a result the earl is angry at repeated allegations in the press of "profiteering".
Spencer hopes that 2,500 visitors a day will be ferried in buggies from the cast iron gates of the estate through its park to the Visitor Centre, where students will offer assistance, selling them souvenirs, like porcelain thimbles or cut crystal whisky tumblers with the Spencer coat of arms.
Here not only the ringing of the tills disturbs the idyll. The Diana dolls, standing spectrally in glass cases dressed in their designer outfits, assume a spooky appearance four years on.
Among the exhibits displayed in a dimmed light are Diana in her wedding dress, and the 1980 Christmas card from Prince Charles - just months before their wedding - wishing his "tap-dancing partner" a merry Christmas. It is a rare token of affection during their troubled relationship.
Video clips soften the atmosphere, showing scenes from Diana's life fooling around with her sister-in-law Fergie while skiing or buckled up with laughter with her two sons, William and Harry.
Spencer thinks highly of the boys. "They have turned out as Diana would have wanted them to be, They are fantastic boys. She has left in them a great legacy to this nation," he says.
Staff on the estate will not comment on whether her closest relatives will visit her grave on the overgrown island in Oval Round, the artificial lake on Sunday.
Will William, 19, and Harry, 16, visit this summer? "I see them quite often, but I'm a very discreet uncle," is all Spencer will say.
MONDAY JULY 02 2001
Althorp features memorial fund work
BY A CORRESPONDENT
VISITORS to Althorp, the former home of Diana, Princess of Wales, had their first chance to see a new exhibition about the work of the Diana Memorial Fund yesterday.
The exhibition is the latest addition to the estate near Northampton, which opened for its annual two-month summer season on her 40th birthday. Visitors can also see the island where the Princess?s remains lie and tour a museum devoted to her life. She died in a car crash in Paris on August 31, 1997, and Althorp will close, as normal, the day before the anniversary.
Earl Spencer, her brother, said that he found the anniversaries of her birth and death ?particularly difficult?. ?I can look back on various firsts of July and remember very important times,? he said. ?In fact the last time I saw her was the first of July 1997.?
He said that the Althorp museum, which opened three years ago, had worked out ?exactly as I wanted?.
The Prince of Wales played polo at his home club, the Beaufort, near Westonbirt in Gloucestershire, yesterday. But Princes William and Harry, regulars at the club, were nowhere to be seen.
I don't mind if Prince weds again, says Diana's brother
By Richard Eden
LORD Spencer marked the 20th anniversary of the wedding of Diana, Princess of Wales by saying he would have no objection if the Prince of Wales were to marry Camilla Parker Bowles.
The brother of the late Princess also said that his fears for the future of Princes William and Harry after their mother was killed in a car crash in 1997 had proved unfounded.
Lord Spencer, 37, said he no longer saw the Prince of Wales but had "nothing against him".
When asked whether he would be irritated if the Prince were to marry Mrs Parker Bowles, he replied: "I have always thought it was none of my business at all what he did in his private life."
The Prince of Wales, 50, hinted for the first time that he might marry Mrs Parker Bowles, 54, in an interview earlier this month.
He said: "Who knows what the good Lord has planned?" Previously, he had always indicated that he had no plans to remarry.
In Lord Spencer's speech at his sister's funeral he made a commitment to Princes William and Harry, saying their "blood family" would do all they could to enable them "to sing openly as you [Diana] planned".
In the interview with Gyles Brandreth, broadcast on the London radio station LBC last night, he said: "I hope I have done everything I could for them.
"My concerns at the time never actually came to the fore because the two boys have their heads screwed on very well. I think it's all been fine and they are incredibly well-balanced."
The Princess, who would have been 40 on July 1, was described as "indestructible" by her brother, who said she she was often on his mind.
He said: "It's very difficult to get out of that knack which you have developed over 30-odd years of thinking, 'I must tell Diana that' or 'she will find this really funny'.
"Then you get a sort of sickening thud when you think, 'Oh well, obviously, I can't ever do that'. But the spark is still there."
He praised her "unique" qualities and recalled how "incredibly beautiful" she was at her wedding, but questioned whether her popularity would have continued as she grew older.
He said: "If she had lived into her 50s and 60s how could she have maintained her popularity in our lookist and ageist society?
"She combined extraordinary glamour - the epitome of 20th-century celebrity - with a humanitarian bent. I don't know any other beautiful humanitarians and I think it's a market she had to herself."
The Prince of Wales spent his wedding anniversary watching an international polo match, along with his son, Prince Harry, 16.
The pair appeared to enjoy watching England beat Brazil 8-7 at Cowdray Park, West Sussex, in glorious sunshine. Prince Harry, in the company of friends, was photographed sitting next to Amelia Delangi, 19.
The Prince of Wales, dressed in a white suit and hat, arrived by helicopter. His son, wearing sunglasses, had arrived about 20 minutes earlier.
Father and son sat separately while Prince Harry's blonde friend busily chatted on her Union Jack mobile phone before the start of the match.
Both were attending the world's biggest one-day polo event, which was helping to raise money for charity. The organisers, Hurlingham Polo Association, said the event had attracted a crowd of 10,000.
In 1991, the Prince and Princess of Wales spent their 10th wedding anniversary apart amid growing rumours of marital difficulties.
The pair were divorced in August 1996.
SATURDAY AUGUST 18 2001
Anniversary CD of silence for Diana
BY ALAN HAMILTON
SIMON and Garfunkel recorded The Sound Of Silence, and Brian Poole and the Tremeloes released Silence Is Golden, but a 60-second single to be released next month is quieter than either of them.
Jonty Semper, 25, a graduate of Sheffield Hallam University, took his tape recorder among the thousands of mourners in Hyde Park on the day of the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales, on September 6, 1997, and switched it on for the minute?s silence observed all over London.
The result, to be issued on the fourth anniversary of the funeral next month, features a baby?s cry, the odd cough, the distant sound of traffic and feedback from speakers near by. Otherwise the silence is deafening.
Nick Hallam, of the record company charrm, which has produced the limited edition of 500 singles, said: ?It is not the sort of disc that will top the charts. But the silence is really eerie, capturing perfectly the mood of a nation united by grief.?
Hundreds of thousands of mourners packed Central London that day to see the Princess?s funeral cortège progress slowly from Kensington Palace to Westminster Abbey. As many people are said to have watched it worldwide on television as saw her wedding in 1981. The loudest noise came from her brother, Earl Spencer, who delivered a sharp farewell in the Abbey pointing the finger of blame at the media and the Royal Family.
For the record company, one silence is not enough. Semper has gathered all available recordings of two-minute Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday silences at the Cenotaph, using BBC and newsreel company archive recordings, and will issue them as double CDs on Remembrance Sunday, November 11, this year. Both single and double CD projects are entitled Kentotaphion, from the Greek root for cenotaph.
The power of silence is hardly a new discovery. In 1935 Radio Times noted: ?Here is one of the great paradoxes, that no broadcast is more impressive than the silence following the last dashing strokes of Big Ben.?
And Dr Adrian Gregory, historian and author of The Silence Of Memory: Armistice Day 1919-1946, wrote: ?Some went mad because of the war and some had moments of despair bordering on madness.
?For them the silence signified the inexpressible. It signified everything and nothing; this was the worst silence in memory.?
Diana fund launches £5 million initiative
The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund is launching a £5 million initiative to help ease the suffering of the terminally ill in the Third World.
The scheme is being unveiled to mark the fourth anniversary of the fund, which was set up in the days after Diana's death.
It will focus on helping HIV/Aids and cancer sufferers in east and southern Africa by funding palliative care projects.
"For millions of people in this region the approach of death is characterised by appalling pain, deprivation and neglect," said fund chairman Christopher Spence.
"The fund's Palliative Care Initiative is essentially a challenge to health policy makers, donors, practitioners and others who care about the issue - to recognise that people who are dying are human and that the close of life should bring dignity and not diminish their humanity.
"The values that Diana, Princess of Wales, brought to her work with the dying and the bereaved warrant universal application, because they are universally important."
More than 50 million people die each year around the globe and four out of five of these deaths occur in the developing world, according to the fund.
The five-year scheme aims to provide grants to existing projects and to help develop new initiatives, as well as funding training and education programmes for policy makers, medical staff and carers.
The fund will also lobby governments to include palliative care in their national health plans.
Mr Spence said: "Relevant and holistic palliative care can be delivered cheaply and effectively. But much will depend on the health policies of national governments and the various agencies with the capacity to develop and deliver good practice in palliative care in the long term."
Story filed: 00:08 Tuesday 28th August 2001
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Forever a princess in our hearts.
Forever looking down upon her sons.
Forever a mother of the century.
The Royals want to erase the memory of Diana, Princess of Wales.
We will never forget the woman, the mother, the Princess, the free spirit,