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31/08/07
Death of a Princess: Ten Years
- Controversial service leads weekend of commemoration for Diana

Death of a Princess: Ten Years On (Photo credit - Stephen Pond, newsteam.co.uk, Historic Royal Palaces)A MEMORIAL SERVICE organised by Princes William and Harry begins a weekend of activities to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the death of their mother, Diana, Princess of Wales.

The boys' choice to hold a relatively small service in the Guards' Chapel, near Buckingham Palace has sparked fresh controversy, something quite fitting for the Princess-of-Stir. Key figures associated with Diana's life such as her former butler and confidant Paul Burrell have been left off the invitation list.

Although invited, Camilla decided not to attend, against the wishes of her husband Prince Charles. Instead she's jetted off to the Med to spend time with friends.

In deference to the Princess's love of popular music, both Elton John - who performed a revised version of his hit Candle In The Wind at her funeral - and Cliff Richard will be present at the ceremony. It is not known whether Di's other faves, the boys from Duran Duran and Dire Straits will be there. However, they may find the lure of publicity irresistible as they once more join the bandwagon of those receiving money-for-nothing from the association with the People's Princess.

The tenth anniversary has re-fuelled the many Diana Conspiracy Theories as first promulgated on LondonNet following the crash in the early hours of 31 August 1997. Having received hundreds of different speculative viewpoints on the crash, the two most consistent strands would appear to be the official line that drunk driver hits wall or the full-on establishment conspiracy as supported by Dodi's father Mohamed Al Fayed, namely a royal and secret service plot to remove Diana as an obstacle to Charles's marriage to Camilla.

So while her life proved controversial from the moment that she met the heir to the throne to the moment of her passing, it seems somewhat fitting that these disputes continues throughout her legacy too.

Diana: a Princess remembered - an audio-visual exploration of Diana’s life, using film clips, TV interviews and collections of stunning photographs, including some by Mario Testino, one of which is featured here. More info on the exhibition here





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