Happy Birthday Princess Diana!
By Rima Bek
London, England (Hollywood Today) 07/01/11—Today, millions remember Princess Diana, who would have turned 50 today.
Many in London are showing their love and remembrance for the late princess by leaving cards, cakes and other gifts at the gates of Kensington Palace, where she was raised and lived before her unexpected death. Princess Diana, also known as the “People’s Princess,” was killed in a car crash on August 31, 1997 when she was only 36 years old. That fateful night, the limousine that was transporting her and her love, Dodi Al-Fayed, crashed in the Pont de l’Alma tunnel in Paris after trying to escape paparazzi following on motorcycle.
Al-Fayed was an Egyptian film producer and son of Mohamed Al-Fayed, the former owner of Harrods department store. Princess Diana married Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, when she was 20 years old and had two sons—Prince William, now titled the Duke of Cambridge, and Prince Harry.
The Prince and Princess of Wales divorced in 1996. After the divorce, Diana remained popular and devoted her time to raising her two boys and to charitable work, whether it be battling against the use of land mines as well as helping children in need, the homeless and those who lived with HIV and AIDS.
For her 50th birthday, Prince William and wife Katherine Middleton are spending their day celebrating Canada’s 144th birthday. While he does not speak much of his mother, he has shown great remembrance of his mother, whether it be giving his mother’s engagement ring to Katherine Middleton, or taking Katherine to his mother’s grave shortly before their wedding on April 29 of this year. There’s no doubt Diana is near and dear to Prince William’s heart.
Unfortunately, on such a special day as her birthday, Newsweek has sparked a whirl of controversy by creating an illustration of what Princess Diana would have looked like today. The magazine then put the image on their front cover, alongside with Katherine Middleton’s photograph.
An accompanying article, written by Newsweek editor in chief Tina Brown, imagines what the “People’s Princess” would have done were she alive today. It includes getting married twice and moving to New York and using Botox, though the illustration was not kind with the overwhelming amount of wrinkles.
Princess Diana is still and most probably will always be a cultural icon. She is loved by so many…let’s just remember her for who she was, not who she could have been.