Saturday, September 4, 2010

Princess Diana and recollection of her images

Princess Diana – Stubborn or Compassionate?

By Princy James – September 3rd, 2010


“She was down to earth, charming and intelligent, but also stubborn and prone to be over-emotional” – and these are the words ex-British premiere used to describe the late Princess Diana in his memoirs ‘A Journey’.

Blair went on to say that public figures can be manipulative, and that they both were so in their own ways – good at grasping the feelings of others and instinctively playing on them. Ain’t it strange when the verdict comes from the same man who described Diana as the ‘People’s Princess’ even though he described her as stubborn while mentioning her affair with Dodi Fayed?

Diana’s life is a story that has been told and re-told a hundred times. Enough has been said; still, it will never be enough to satiate the curiosity of the world. Diana finishing 4th in the most searched celebs’ list of the decade behind Britney, Osama Bin Laden and David Beckham proves this.

She was introduced to the world with her so-called fairytale marriage with Prince Charles in 1981. The shy young lady’s beauty and charm made her an instant darling to the world with her hairstyle and fashion becoming the topic everyone wanted to talk about, copied by millions around the globe as they witnessed her life through photographs.

But that was just one side of her life’s kaleidoscope, and soon, the murkier side was revealed through Andrew Morton’s biography ‘Diana – Her True Story’.

Though people sympathized with her broken marriage, that sympathy was overwhelmed by a sense of curiosity and the media too learned to tap this craze. Her plight earned her the pity of the world, but she was crucified by the same people over her alleged affairs. Lady Di’s divorce from Prince Charles was more like a breather for a person like her who had been suffocating inside the ‘royal confinement’.

When she decided to make use of her fame for noble causes, she drew admiration and criticism alike. While some hailed her as the compassionate princess, there were a few who actually saw this as a publicity gimmick.

A week after her death, Mother Teresa also passed away, and I remember reading an article about how idiotic it was for people to compare them both. Quite true; how could you compare a member of the royal family who lived in riches with a missionary who had given up her life for the service of the poor?

For Mother Teresa, it was a vocation, and for Diana, it was a choice – a choice to take the ‘road less travelled’, a choice that earned her accolades for using her stature for the good of mankind.

Can a face lie or the eyes cheat? May be, but not forever. Looking at Diana’s photos, I can see genuine compassion in her eyes that helped the princess see a world beyond her fairytale-like existence.

Over-emotional? Yes she was, for how else could she care deeply about the anti-landmine campaign, earning her no goodwill from political bigwigs? And yes, she was stubborn enough to do whatever she believed was right. But it was the same attitude of hers that helped ease the pain of many lives.

She was the one who helped pass a bill banning the usage of anti-personnel landmines and the famous ‘Ottawa Treaty’ came to effect after her death. The then British Foreign Secretary quoted her saying:

“All Honourable Members will be aware from their postbags of the immense contribution made by Diana, Princess of Wales to bringing home to many of our constituents the human costs of landmines. The best way in which to record our appreciation of her work, and the work of NGOs that have campaigned against landmines, is to pass the Bill, and to pave the way towards a global ban on landmines.”

And if she hadn’t been killed in that fatal crash, something tells me she would have done more for the world. Even after 13 years, there has been no substantial evidence to prove that Diana’s accident was a conspiracy though her involvement in political matters made her become a speck in the eyes of many. A movie - The Murder of Princess Diana – by John Strickland was released in 2007 sewing together the speculations surrounding her death.

May be it was the same stubbornness and empathetic nature that cut short her life or maybe it was just a play of destiny – whatever it was, it was a risk that Diana knowingly chose, and her achievements in her young life stand testament to that.

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Lady Di, England’s Rose

By Khristina – July 1st, 2010

There is a good reason why we always remember Lady Diana, especially on her birthday. We remember her for her grace, poise, beauty, innocence and, of course her benevolence. England’s most beloved queen-in-the-making (before her marriage to Prince Charles ended in divorce) would have turned 49 today.

According to Wikipedia:

Posthumously, as in life, she is most popularly referred to as “Princess Diana”, a title she never held. Still, she is sometimes referred to (according to the tradition of using maiden names after death) in the media as “Lady Diana Spencer”, or simply as “Lady Di”. After Tony Blair’s famous speech she is also often referred to as the People’s Princess.

However you remember her, it’s a fact that Diana’s life was as tragic and controversial as her untimely death. The ill-fated car crash in a tunnel in Paris killed her instantly, along with her companion Dodi Al-Fayed and driver Henri Paul on 31 August 1997.

But we’re not talking about that; today, we celebrate Lady Diana’s life, her beauty, her generosity and compassion. Take a look at some glimpses from her life:

Lady Diana Spencer shyly looks up through her bangs at photographers while walking along side Camilla Parker-Bowles, 1980 (not in the picture). Parker-Bowles allegedly encouraged Charles to marry Diana and took Diana under her wing, but was Prince Charles’ mistress during his marriage. (Photo by Express Newspapers/Archive Photos)

This undated photo shows Diana, Princess of Wales at a polo match before she married in 1981. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)

BRAEMAR, SCOTLAND – 1981: Princess Diana wears a tartan outfit by Caroline Charles as she attends the Braemar Games in September 1981 in Braemar, Scotland. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)

LONDON – JULY 29: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales kisses Diana, Princess of Wales on the balcony of Buckingham Palace following their wedding on July 29, 1981 in London, England. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON D.C.- 1985: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Princess Diana, Princess of Wales (1961 – 1997) meet U.S.Vice-President George Bush Senior and his wife Barbara Bush on November 11, 1985 at a dinner at the British Embassy, Washington D.C., USA. The princess is wearing a cream lace Murray Arbeid gown and the Queen Mary tiara. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – APRIL 1983: Prince William is seen with his parents TRH Prince Charles and Princess Diana during their 1983 official visit to New Zealand, in April 1983 in Auckland, New Zealand. Prince William will be undertaking official engagements while on private visit in conjunction with the British and Irish Lions rugby tour from the end of June until July 11, 2005. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)

NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA – 1983: Princess Diana And Prince Charles watch an official event during their first royal Australian tour 1983 IN Newcastle, Australia. (Photo by Patrick Riviere/Getty Images)

LONDON – 1983: This file photo from December 1983 shows Diana, Princess of Wales and her husband Prince Charles at Kensington Palace in London. Diana told of a lonely existence in her married life to Charles in audio tapes aired by the U.S. television network NBC on March 4, 2004. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)

HRH Diana, Princess of Wales, Attends the Premiere of the James Bond Film ‘A View To A Kill

This undated photo shows Diana, Princess of Wales. Diana told of a lonely existence in her married life to Prince Charles in audio tapes aired by the U.S. television network NBC on March 4, 2004. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)

During her funeral on 6th September 1997, Brit popstar Elton John, in his tribute, called her ‘England’s Rose’. Why England only, I ask? This rose belongs to the whole world. Lady Di, you are missed. Happy birthday.

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