The anniversary of the death of the Princess of Wales falls this Sunday. It is seventeen years since Diana lost her life in the Alma tunnel, and still controversy surrounds the events of that night. And it may take another thirty years before light is shed on what truly happened. I do find it interesting, however, that the exhibition chronicling her life which was housed in the converted stable block on the Althorp Estate closed last August and now visitors who flock to the house to remember Diana, can only do so on weekends in July and August.
Her belongings that were once on display – her ballet shoes, her school tuck box and other touching memorabilia - have been returned to William and Harry.The perceived wisdom is that the time had come to put an end to the Diana cult which had grown in the years after her death, and to allow her to fade gracefully into history.
Other minds might see the somewhat hasty removal of virtually all trace of her at Althorp is yet another attempt to blot out her memory and speed the rehabilitation of Prince Charles’s tarnished image in preparation for his becoming King.You can read more about the events surrounding her death in 1997 on http://www.astrolutely.com/diana.
25th Aug 2014 - 31st Aug 2014