The People's Princess Diana of Wales - Death of an English Rose

The People's Princess Diana of Wales - Death of an English Rose

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In the heart of our Queenspirations Blog, we gather to celebrate the enduring legacy of the People's Princess, Diana, on her birthday - a poignant day that aligns with Canada Day, July 1, 1961. We also commemorate the anniversary of her death on August 31. As we remember this iconic figure and our favourite member of the British Royal Family, whose life was tragically cut short, we reflect on the profound impact she had on the world. Join us in commemorating Princess Diana's enduring spirit and the irreplaceable void left by her absence.


Commemorating Princess Diana's birthday on Canada Day has become a tradition that blends national pride with global admiration. In this Queenspirations Blog, we pay homage to Lady Diana Spencer, a woman whose grace and compassion touched the hearts of millions.


The recent conclusion of the final season of Netflix The Crown season six has reignited emotions surrounding Princess Diana's life. This season was hart for a lot of people I believe. The series, while difficult to watch for some, offers a nuanced portrayal of the challenges she faced. Prince Harry's decision to abstain from watching any season underscores the sensitivity attached to his late mother's legacy.  The world is not a better place without Lady Diana Spencer. Diana would have brought modern royalty to light. Her charity work opened people's eyes and wallets. Princess Diana's death affected the world because she was an international icon. 


A Musical Tribute

Elton John's poignant rendition of "Goodbye English Rose" at Princess Diana's funeral remains etched in our collective memory. The song, originally penned for Marilyn Monroe, took on new meaning as a tribute to the beloved princess. Its resonance captures the essence of Diana's enduring impact on the world.


Imagining a World with Princess Diana

Reflecting on what could have been if Princess Diana were still with us evokes a sense of longing. The world, undoubtedly, would be a better place with her continued presence. The strength and tenacity displayed by Prince Harry and Prince William are admirable, yet the absence of their mother is palpable. What would the family look like if the Diana was still with us? Would Meghan Markle and Prince Harry still be in Britain? Would Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle have been friends with the presence of Diana? 


The Significance of July 1 - Canada Day

The serendipity of Princess Diana's birthday aligning with Canada Day holds special meaning for Canadians and Diana enthusiasts alike. Embracing Elton John's beautiful song as a tribute, we honor the memory of the English Rose who touched hearts across continents.


Where Were You on August 31, 1997?

I encourage readers to share their stories of where they were when they received the shocking news of the death of Princess Diana, Dodi Fayed and Henri Paul and the only survivor, bodyguard Trevor Rees-Jones. Please, leave us a note and share your story of that day of the car crash. (August 31, 1997) Please, share your story of what you were doing on that fateful day of the car accident in the Pont de L'Alma Tunnel, resulting in the tragic deaths of the Princess of Wales, Dodi Fayed and Henri Paul. Let's continue the story of Diana in our own words. 


The day that I heard the Princess Diana news that she had passed away, I was walking to a festa in the north of Italy - Salo. A celebration of food, community and summer. I had recently moved to Italy with my family. I was walking to the festa with my Sister and Brother in law. I barely spoke Italian at the time. My brother in law, Sandro, told me this news as we were making our way. Stunned. We continued on to the festa with, my baby daughter, Daniella, who was 6 months old and my son, Giacomo who was 1 1/2 years old. For the following days, I sat in our flat in Desenzano, Italy and watched the Italian news reporting on Diana's death. I was forced to learn quite a bit of Italian that week through my tears.


I'm sure that you all have listened to this song, Goodbye English Rose and more than likely watched Elton John perform this song at her funeral. 

As we listen to "Goodbye English Rose" on repeat, let us collectively celebrate, mourn, and reminisce about the life of Diana, Princess of Wales. In this shared space, we invite you to contribute your stories and join us in honoring the enduring legacy of the Queen of Hearts.

Good-bye again to the English Rose Queen of Hearts.

Listen on repeat with me. 



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