2017 marks 20 years since Princess Diana’s tragic and untimely death. The beloved British Princess and mother-of-two died aged 36 in a car crash in Paris in 1997.
Kensington Palace have already announced their special Princess Diana memorial plans to mark the 20th anniversary of her passing.
They will mark the anniversary with an exhibition celebrating Diana’s role as a ‘fashion icon’ and with a floral tribute held in Kensington Gardens. [READ MORE HERE]
Although Diana’s sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, are said to have given their blessing for the tributes, the brothers have their own plans to honour their late mother and celebrate her memory with the world.
The Princes will mark the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death this tear with a programme of special events.
Last night, the Prince’s began their year-long programme by holding an event at St James’ Palace for the Diana Award. TheDiana Award charity was set up by the government to continue their mother’s legacy.
The charity plans to remember Diana’s values of ‘kindness and service to others’. Their events aim to ‘bring her [Diana’s] achievements to the attention of a new generation’.
Prince William and Prince Harry last night presented the Inaugural Legacy Award to 20 outstanding young people ‘who have carried out inspiring work without expecting a reward’. The award honours the legacy of their mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, through her belief in the power of young people.
Speaking at the inspiring event, both William and Harry reflected on the amazing work carried out by their mother. They not only spoke of her kindness, but the lessons she taught them before her untimely death too.
“One of the things our mother taught William and I was the value of doing good when no one is watching,” said Harry.
“She visited hospitals late at night to comfort patients, spent hours writing letters to privately support the work of others; she achieved a lot by shining a spotlight, but she worked just as hard when the cameras were gone.”
In a moment of sad reflection, Prince William observed that when his mother was killed, she was only a couple of years older than he is now.
“The truth is, though, that she was taken at only 36, just slightly older than I am today.”
“Of course, we can never know what our mother would have gone on to do. But in one sense Harry and I feel that our mother lives on in the countless acts of compassion and bravery that she inspires in others.”
Princess Diana’s brother, Earl Spencer, will also be supporting the events in memory of his sister. An exhibition called “Walking in her Shoes” will be held at the family’s home, Althorp, in Northampation. It will showcase the achievements of youngsters who have received the Diana Award.
Tessy Ojo, the chief executive of the Diana Award, said: “Twenty years on, we at the Diana Award know that her values and her legacy live on.”