Princess Diana
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July 1, 1961 - August 31, 1997
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Diana Spencer had two elder sisters Sarah (born 1955), Jane (born 1957) and her younger brother Charles (born 1964), who is the 9th Earl of Spencer

Diana, Princess of Wales is buried at Althorp in Northamptonshire on an island in the middle of a lake called the Round Oval. A visitors' centre allows visitors to see an exhibition about her and walk around the lake


Diana Frances Spencer was born on 1 July, 1961 in the estate of the Spencers in Norfolk. Diana's parents were from aristocratic families: the father - Viscount Althorp, the mother - Frances Roche. The ancestors of her father Earl Spencer were relatives of a royal dynasty. The mother too had a noble title. Diana had two older sisters, Jane and Sarah, and a younger brother, Charles.

When Diana was six, her mother left the family and in 1969 the marriage of her parents was officially dissolved. In 1975 Althrop inherited the title of Earl Spencer from his father and married Raine, the Countess of Dartmouth and daughter of author Barbara Cartland. This made Diana "Lady Di."

She attended private schools, often commuting home on weekends with her younger brother. On holiday from school, it was not unusual for the younger royal children, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward, to visit the Spencers and use their private swimming pool.

She dreamed of being a ballerina, but she thought herself too tall for that at 5'10". A mediocre student, she excelled at sports, particularly swimming. Diana studied at normal schools - at first in Norfolk, then in Kent. When she was 16 she left for Switzerland and finished school there.

After leaving school in 1978, she lived with her friends in London. She worked as a nanny, waitress, and cleaning woman before becoming a teacher at the Young England kindergarten in Pimlico, London. Diana met Prince Charles in 1977 for the first time at the estate of Diana's father. Sarah, who had previously dated the prince, introduced them to each other.

It was the general opinion in Buckingham Palace at that time that the heir should marry. Diana seemed to be a more than suitable candidate in many ways. It had been many generations since the the heir to the throne had married an English girl. Furthermore, even then at her most shy and innocent age, Diana was already much admired by press and the public.

Diana and Charles were married at St. Paul's Cathedral on July 29, 1981. Diana was twenty, while Charles thirty-two. The wedding was broadcast in 74 countries and watched by 750 million people worldwide. At the ceremony the Archbishop of Canterbury said, "Here is the stuff of which fairy tales are made." After the honeymoon the relationship gradually worsened, for Prince Charles was in love with another women.

A young
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Reportedly, the Prince's former girlfriend (and later, his second wife) helped him select the 19-year-old Lady Diana Spencer as a potential bride, who was working as an assistant at the Young England kindergarten in Pimlico. Buckingham Palace announced the engagement on 24 February 1981. Mrs. Parker Bowles had been dismissed by Lord Mountbatten of Burma as a potential spouse for the heir to throne some years before, reportedly due to her age (16 months the Prince's senior), her sexual experience, and her lack of suitably aristocratic lineage.

In June, 1982 the Princess of Wales gave birth to her first son, Prince William. In September, 1984 she gave birth to her second child, Prince Henry (known as "Harry"). The Royal family hoped that the birth of the sons would bring happiness to the relationship. Unfortunately, those hopes were in vain.

Charles and Diana continued to drift apart. The situation became even worse when the Princess came to realize that the heart of the Prince belonged to another woman - Camilla Parker-Bowles. "There were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded," Princess Diana remarked years later. Diana, in her turn, began to take horse riding lessons from Major Hewitt, a heart breaker from the high society. The scandalous photos and overheard telephone conversations of the husband and wife soon appeared in mass media.

By autumn of 1987, the couple began to spend practically all their time separately. In 1992, Princess Diana exposed the truth about her relationship with Prince Charles to the public by secretly collaborating with author Andrew Morton on his book Diana, Her True Story. In December of 1992, the prime minister John Major announced to the Parliament that Diana and
Charles would be divorcing. Princess Diana kept the title Princess of Wales and continued to work for her favorite charities. She and Prince Charles had joint custody of their sons.
As the casualties lay seriously injured in their wrecked car, the photographers continued to take pictures
Dodi Fayed and Henri Paul were both declared dead at the scene of the crash. Trevor Rees-Jones was severely injured, but later recovered. Still alive, Diana was freed from the wreckage, and after some delay due to attempts to stabilize her at the scene, she was taken by ambulance to Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital, arriving there shortly after 2:00 am Despite attempts to save her, her internal injuries were too extensive. Two hours later, at 4:00 that morning, the doctors pronounced her dead. At 5:30, her death was announced at a press conference held by a hospital doctor, Jean-Pierre Chevènement (France's Interior Minister) and Sir Michael Jay (Britain's ambassador to France).

Later that morning, Chevenement, French Prime Minister Lionel Jospin, the wife of the French President Jacques Chirac and French Health Minister Bernard Kouchner visited the hospital room where Diana's body lay and paid their last respects. After their visits, the Anglican Archdeacon of France, Father Martin Draper, said commendatory prayers from the Book of Common Prayer.

At around 2:00 pm, the Prince of Wales and Diana's two sisters, Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Lady Jane Fellowes, arrived in Paris to collect Diana's body. They left with her body 90 minutes later.

From RAF Northolt the coffin was taken to a private mortuary in London, so that the necessary legal formalities could be completed. Shortly after midnight, it was moved to the Chapel Royal in St James's Palace, where it lay privately until the funeral on Saturday, 6 September, in Westminster Abbey. The Princess's family and friends visited the Chapel to pay their respects.

Following the funeral service, the coffin then was taken by road to the family estate at Althorp for a private interment. The Princess was buried in sanctified ground on an island in the centre of an ornamental lake.

Princess Diana spent the last weeks of her life with her friend Dodi Al-Fayed, the 41-year-old eldest son of Egyptian billionaire Mohammed Al-Fayed, best known as the owner of Herrods, London's most famous and fashionable department store, as well as other high profile properties such as the Hotel Ritz in Paris.

On August 31, 1997, Princess Diana was killed in a high speed car accident along with Dodi and driver Henri Paul while attempting to flee the ever-present pack of paparazzi photographers seeking her image.

Diana very much admired Mother Teresa, with whom she shared a common love of poor and outcast people. When Mother Teresa was told of Diana's death, she described Diana as "a very great friend who was in love with the poor." Mother Teresa died the day before Princess Diana's funeral services.

Over a billion people watched Diana's funeral, and they are still watching still.


"She was the people's princess and that is how she will stay, how she will remain, in our hearts and our memories forever....The whole of our country, all of us will be in a state of shock and mourning. Diana was a wonderful, warm and compassionate person who people, not just in Britain, but throughout the world loved and will be mourned as a friend."
-- British Prime Minister Tony Blair
Diana's death "has robbed the world of a consistent and committed voice for the improvement of the lives of suffering children worldwide."
-- U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Anna
"We are profoundly saddened by this tragic event ... We liked her very much. We admired her work for children, for people with AIDS, for the cause of ending the scourge of land mines in the world. We can only hope that her work will go forward and that everyone who can will support her two fine sons and help them to have the life and the future that she would want."
-- President Clinton


"I always believed the press would kill her in the end. But not even I could imagine that they would take such a direct hand in her death as seems to be the case. It would appear that every (publisher) and every editor of any publication that has paid for intrusive and exploitive photographs of her, encouraging greedy and ruthless individuals to risk everything in pursuit of Diana's image, has blood on his hands today."
-- Charles Spencer, Diana's brother
"Barbara and I extend our deepest condolence to Princess Diana's family, especially her two young sons. We will always remember our many family contacts and her vivacious spirit with great warmth and fondness."
-- Former President George Bush
"I remember how she reached into her handbag to bring out pictures of her children. Like any mother she glowed with love and pride when she showed off her boys"
--Diana's friend Lord Archer
"She was very concerned for the poor. She was very anxious to do something for them. That is why she was close to me."
-- Mother Teresa


From huntress to hunted

It is a point to remember that of all the ironies about Diana, perhaps the greatest is this- that a girl given the name of the ancient goddess of hunting was, in the end, the most hunted person of the modern age.

She communicated with her body. She managed to make the world fall in love with her through her body language alone. She'd been trained as a dancer. Her body movements and her grace and her style, getting out of cars, looking fantastic in her clothes. And we watched her evolve so swiftly from a shy, fresh-faced English rose into a sophisticated glamour queen.
Camille Paglia

B/W photo of Camille Paglia Camille Paglia wrote an influential piece about "Diana the huntress" in 1992 for the New Republic (reprinted in Paglia's book of essays, "Vamps and  Tramps"), which royal family chronicler Andrew Morton praised as the first serious examination of the princess' growing cultural significance. The following year, Paglia presented a respectful special on Diana for Britain's Channel 4, at a time when "informed opinion" saw the princess as scatty at best and a loose cannon at worst.
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"What little girl has ever grown up not imagining that someday she might marry the prince? The games we play, the fairy tales we hear as little girls shape our romantic fantasies as women."
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A role model, Hillary Clinton was also friend, advisor and protector of the late princess.

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Virgin goddess of the hunt

Diana was the equivalent in Roman mythology of the Greek Artemis. This famous statue is at the Lourve in Paris. Diana was associated with wild animals and forests. She was also a moon goddess, and an emblem of chastity. Oak groves were especially sacred to her. She was praised for her strength, athletic grace, beauty and her hunting skills. With two other Roman deities she made up a trinity: Egeria the water nymph, her servant and assistant midwife; and Virbius, the woodland god.
Princess Diana: once and future Queen of Hearts
We need myths to help us understand and process the darker complexities of our nature. They are a bridge between the subconscious and the conscious mind. TheMarilyn Monroe [Queen of hearts (French form)]debate over where the energy represented in the collective memory  of Princess Diana resides has not yet subsided. It seems to us like she has become the global goddess of love in much the same pantheon as Marilyn Monroe has become the goddess of sex.
These links try to bring to conscious our subconscious attraction to the living memory of Princess Diana. Carnaval time is also about making the collective unconscious conscious.

Luigi Baggi statue displayed at the Tate gallery

"And then, to underline it, as the carriage moves, Mother Teresa dies. Do you believe in signs?

The new myth had taken. It was a coronation - the Queen of Hearts - not a funeral.
The world heart had opened and made itself vulnerable to change. In the ancient and implacable tradition, it took innocent blood to seal it - Socrates, Christ, Joan of Arc, Lincoln, Gandhi, Kennedy, King - but we would never be as we were.

Myth runs things and we saw myth in the making. Myth is the disc operating system of humanity. It's the abstract which is more real than the specifics it controls. We choose it from our most deeply held feelings and we anoint ourselves with it."

Diana - Seedbearer of a New World Myth

A Diana essay
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She Became an Icon
by Charles Cameron, Centerfor Millennial Studies

"A Princess who had been rejected by her Prince as Queen became more than that, she became an Icon. "

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"She was a woman who was desperate for love, and who found little love in her private life. Yet the one thing that the press gave her was the privilege of being the person in the world most loved by strangers after her death."

Parallel Earths: Diana 2000
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Darkness precedes light and she is mother

Which of these two 19th century engravings better represents the United Kingdom of the 21st century to you.
Diana or Britannia?

St. Paul was arrested for preaching to patrons of Temples of Artemis and interfering with the sale of fertility goddesses.Invoking his right for trial in Rome, he was eventually shipwrecked in Malta, the great crossroads of millennial shifts for the Mediteranean and world history -  and the home for's visit to the millennial shift as reflected in the past:



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