"TITTER YE NOT"
Do you remember where you were when you heard the tragic news that Princess Diana had died?
I certainly do. It was the best day of my life.
I'm a florist.
Pavarotti meets Princess Diana in heaven.
He says, "I wish I had a halo as big as yours."
She replies, "Fuck off you fat bastard. It's a steering wheel."
I went out with a girl last week, she told me she wanted to be 'treated like a Princess'
So I put her in the back of a Mercedes and drove it into a wall.
What do you get if you cross the Queen and
the Duke of Edinburgh?
Murdered in a tunnel in Paris.
On 31 August 1997 , Diana was fatally injured in a car crash
in the Pont de l'Alma road tunnel in Paris, which also caused
the deaths of her companion Dodi Fayed and the driver,
A fourth passenger in the car, bodyguard Trevor Rees-Jones,
was seriously injured but survived.
The funeral saw the British TV audience peak at 32.10 million, one of the United
Kingdom's highest viewing figures ever. Precise calculation of the worldwide audience is
not possible, but estimated at around 2.5 billion.
The initial French judicial investigation concluded the accident was caused by Paul's
drunken loss of control. In February 1998, Mohamed Al-Fayed, owner of the Paris Ritz
where Paul had worked, publicly maintained that the crash had been planned, accusing
MI6 and the Duke of Edinburgh.
An inquest in London starting in 2004 and continued in 2007–08 attributed the accident
to grossly negligent driving by Paul and to the pursuing paparazzi. On 7 April 2008, the
jury returned a verdict of ' unlawful killing '. The day following the final verdict of the
inquest, Al-Fayed announced he would end his 10-year campaign to establish that it was
murder rather than an accident, stating that he did so for the sake of the princess's
The sudden and unexpected death of an extraordinarily popular royal figure brought
statements from senior figures worldwide and many tributes by members of the public. People left public offerings of flowers, candles, cards, and personal messages outside Kensington Palace for many months. Her coffin, draped with the royal flag , was brought to London from Paris by Prince Charles and Diana's two sisters on 31 August 1997. After being taken to a private mortuary it was placed in the Chapel Royal, St James's Palace.
Diana's funeral took place in Westminster Abbey on 6 September. The previous day Queen Elizabeth II had paid tribute to her in a live television broadcast. Her sons walked in the funeral procession behind her coffin, along with the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Edinburgh, Diana's brother Lord Spencer, and representatives of some of her charities. Lord Spencer said of his sister, "She proved in the last year that she needed no royal title to continue to generate her particular brand of magic."
Re-written in tribute to Diana, " Candle in the Wind " was performed by Elton John at the funeral service (the only occasion the song has been performed live). Released as a single in 1997, the global proceeds from the song have gone to Diana's charities.
The burial occurred privately later the same day. Diana's former husband, sons, mother, siblings, a close friend, and a clergyman were present. Diana's body was clothed in a black long-sleeved dress designed by Catherine Walker, which she had chosen some weeks before. A set of rosary beads was placed in her hands, a gift she had received from Mother Teresa, who died the same week as Diana. Her grave is on an island ( 52.283082°N 1.000278°W ) within the grounds of Althorp
Park, the Spencer family home for centuries.
The burial party was provided by the 2nd Battalion The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment , who were given the honour of
carrying the Princess across to the island and laying her to rest. Diana was the Regiment's Colonel-in-Chief from 1992 to 1996. The original plan was for Diana to be buried in the Spencer family vault at the local church in nearby Great Brington, but Lord Spencer said that he was concerned about public safety and security and the onslaught of visitors that might overwhelm Great Brington. He decided that Diana would be buried where her grave could be easily cared for and visited in privacy by William, Harry, and other Spencer relatives.
Following Diana's death, the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund was granted
intellectual property rights over her image. In 1998, the fund sued the Franklin Mint,
accusing it of illegally selling Diana dolls, plates, and jewellery after having been refused
a license to do so. In California, where the initial case was tried, a suit to preserve the
right of publicity may be filed on behalf of a dead person, but only if that person is a
Californian. The Memorial Fund therefore filed the lawsuit on behalf of the estate and,
upon losing the case, was required to pay the Franklin Mint's legal costs of £3 million
which, combined with other fees, caused the Memorial Fund to freeze its grants to
charities. In 2003, the Franklin Mint counter-sued. In November 2004, the case was
settled out of court with the Memorial Fund agreeing to pay £13.5 million (US $ 21.5
million) to charitable causes on which both sides agreed. In addition to this, the Memorial
Fund had spent a total of close to £4 million (US $ 6.5 million) in costs and fees relating
to this litigation, and as a result froze grants allocated to a number of charities.
On 13 July 2006, Italian magazine Chi published photographs showing Diana amid the
wreckage of the car crash, despite an unofficial blackout on such photographs being
published. The editor of Chi defended his decision by saying he published the
photographs simply because they had not been previously seen, and he felt the images
are not disrespectful to the memory of Diana.
The Concert for Diana at Wembley Stadium was held on 1 July 2007. The event, organised by the Princes William and Harry, celebrated the 46th anniversary of their mother's birth and occurred a few weeks before the 10th anniversary of her death on 31 August. The proceeds that were earned from this event were donated to Diana's charities. On 31 August 2007,
a memorial service for Diana took place in the Guards Chapel. Guests included members of the royal family and their relatives, members of the Spencer family, members of Diana's wedding party, Diana's close friends and aides, representatives from many of her charities, British politicians Gordon Brown, Tony Blair, and John Major, and friends from the entertainment world such as David Frost, Elton John, and Cliff Richard.
The wreckage of Princess Diana's car
in the Alma tunnel of Paris.
ACCIDENT OR ASSASSINATION?
In 2013, a previously unseen photograph of the then already officially engaged Diana was put up for auction. The picture belonged to the Daily Mirror newspaper, and has "Not to be published" written on it. In it, a young Diana has her head in the lap of an unidentified man.
On 19 March 2013, ten of Diana's dresses, including a midnight blue velvet gown she wore to a 1985 state dinner at the White House when she famously danced with John Travolta (which became known as the
Travolta dress), raised over £800,000 at auction in London.
From her engagement to the Prince of Wales in 1981 until her death in 1997, Diana was a major presence on the world stage, often described as the "world's most photographed woman". She was noted for her
Kingdom between 1981 and 2012 was 47%.
She was a fashion icon whose style was emulated by women around the world. Iain Hollingshead of The Telegraph writes: "Diana had an ability to sell clothes just by looking at them." An early example of the
effect occurred during her courtship with Charles in 1980 when sales of Hunters Wellington boots skyrocketed after she was pictured wearing a pair on the Balmoral estate.
In 1999, Time magazine named Diana one of the 100 Most Important People of the 20th Century. In 2002, Diana was ranked third on the BBC's poll of the 100 Greatest Britons, outranking the Queen and other British monarchs. In 2004, People cited her as one of the all-time most beautiful women.
Immediately after her death, many sites around the world became briefly ad hoc memorials to Diana where the public left flowers and other tributes. The largest was outside the gates of Kensington Palace , where people continue to leave flowers and tributes. Permanent memorials include:
The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Gardens in Regent Centre Gardens Kirkintilloch. The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain in Hyde Park, London, opened by Elizabeth II. The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground in Kensington Gardens, London. The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Walk, a circular path between Kensington Gardens, Green Park, Hyde Park , and St.James's Park, London.
The Flame of Liberty , erected in 1989 on the Place de l'Alma in Paris above the entrance to the tunnel in which the
fatal crash occurred, has become an unofficial memorial to Diana.
In 1998, Azermarka issued postage stamps commemorating Diana in Azerbaijan. The English text on souvenir sheets issued reads "DIANA, PRINCESS OF WALES The Princess that captured people's hearts (1961–1997)". Several other countries issued commemorative stamps that year, including Great Britain, Somalia, and Congo. Hay Post also issued a postage stamp commemorating that its new 25,000 square foot arts centre would be named the Princess of Wales Visual Arts Centre . Princess Diana Drive was named in her memory in St.Albans, Hertfordshire. Diana's granddaughter, Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, born 2015, is named after her.
“Life is just a journey.” – Princess Diana
after Princess Diana's death
Diana has been depicted in contemporary art before and
after her death. The first biopics about Diana and Charles
were Charles and Diana:
A Royal Love Story and The
Royal Romance of Charles and Diana that were broadcast on American TV channels on 17 and 20 September 1981, respectively. In December 1992, ABC aired Charles and Diana:
Unhappily Ever After, a TV movie about marital discord between Diana and Charles. In the 1990s, British magazine Private Eye called her "Cheryl" and Prince Charles "Brian".
Some of the artworks after her death have referenced the conspiracy theories, as well as paying tribute to Diana's compassion and acknowledging her perceived victimhood.
In July 1999, Tracey Emin created a number of monoprint drawings featuring textual references about Diana's public and private life for Temple of Diana, a themed exhibition at The Blue Gallery, London. Works such as They Wanted You To Be
Destroyed (1999) related to Diana's bulimia, while others included affectionate texts such as Love Was on Your Side and Diana's Dress with puffy sleeves. Another text praised her selflessness – The things you did to help other people , showing Diana in protective clothing walking through a minefield in Angola – while another referenced the conspiracy theories. Of her drawings, Emin maintained "They're quite sentimental ... and there's nothing cynical about it whatsoever."
The Rose Conspiracy. This fictional work starts with the world discovering Diana alive and enjoying a happy undercover new life in a dangerous cantegril on the outskirts of Montevideo. Shot at an Uruguayan slum using a Diana impersonator from São Paulo, the film was selected by the Italian Art Critics Association as one of the Venice Biennial's best works.
In 2007, following an earlier series referencing the conspiracy theories, Stella Vine created a series of Diana paintings for her first major solo exhibition at Modern Art Oxford gallery. Vine intended to portray Diana's combined strength and vulnerability as well as her closeness to her two sons. The works, all completed in 2007, included Diana branches, Diana
family picnic, Diana veil, Diana crash and Diana pram, which incorporates the quotation "I vow to thee my country". Vine asserted her own abiding attraction to "the beauty and the tragedy of Diana's life".
Last Days of a Princess details the final two months of her life. She is portrayed by Irish actress
Genevieve O'Reilly. On an October 2007 episode of The Chaser's War on Everything, Andrew Hansen mocked Diana in his "Eulogy Song", which immediately created considerable controversy in the Australian media.
Lady Diana - Candle in the wind
Goodbye Englands rose - Elton John
Titles and styles
1 July 1961 – 9 June 1975:
The Honourable Diana Frances Spencer
9 June 1975 – 29 July 1981:
Lady Diana Frances Spencer
29 July 1981 – 28 August 1996:
Her Royal Highness The Princess of Wales
29 July 1981 – 28 August 1996:
Her Royal Highness The Duchess
29 July 1981 – 28 August 1996:
The Countess of Chester
28 August 1996 – 31 August 1997:
Diana, Princess of Wales
I'm aware that people I have loved and have died and are in the spirit world looking after me.
Posthumously, as in life, she is most popularly referred to as "Princess Diana", a title not formally correct and one she never held. She is still sometimes referred to in the media as " Lady Diana Spencer " or simply as "Lady Di". In a speech after her death, the then-Prime Minister Tony Blair referred to Diana as the People's Princess.
Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward,
safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.
I want my boys to have an understanding of people's emotions, their insecurities, people's distress,
and their hopes and dreams.