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Princes pay tribute to Diana July 2, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Music, The Royals.

Princes William and Harry mark Diana’s birthday with star-studded show at London’s Wembley on July 1st

Princes William and Harry paid tribute to their “beloved mother” today in a poignant message in the Concert for Diana programme. In a foreword to the official souvenir, the princes wrote: “It is 10 years since our mother died, but her remarkable work and her wonderful gift for touching the lives of so many people, live on. “This concert is our way of remembering her the way we knew her, full of fun and laughter and full of a love of life.
“Today is her birthday. It seemed the perfect day to ask people to come and help celebrate her memory.”

They said they were so grateful to all the artists and the people who bought tickets. William and Harry added: “We know that if our mother was here today she’d be over the moon about how many people have given up their time to remember her, and that she’d be the first up out of her seat and dancing. “Please join us in wishing our beloved mother a very happy birthday.”

It would have been the princess’s 46th birthday today. Diana’s siblings Earl Spencer, Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Lady Jane Fellowes also penned their memories of the princess in the programme. They wrote: “She was a mother who adored her children above all else. To see them pull off this stunning concert, in celebration of her memory, would have reduced her to tears of joy.”

Elton John took the stage to sing “Your Song” before introducing the princes. One of Diana’s favorite bands, Duran Duran, followed them.

Proceeds from the concert will go to causes Diana supported, including to charities to help victims of land mines and AIDS. William calls the event a chance for people to “remember all the good things” about his mother. Today would have been Diana’s 46th birthday.

The concert mixed rock, pop, hip hop and classical ballet and featured some of Diana’s favorite acts including Duran Duran and Tom Jones. In honor of her love of dance and theater, there was a performance of an extract from “Swan Lake” by the English National Ballet and songs by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Among the 24 performances were songs by Rod Stewart, Kanye West, Joss Stone, Lily Allen and Sean “Diddy” Combs, who performed an emotive rendition of “Missing You”, a cover of The Police’s 1983 “Every Breath You Take.”

Related Links > http://www.concertfordiana.com

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