Posted by Kate on July 25, 1999 at 09:16:02:
In Reply to: well put posted by Petra on July 24, 1999 at 23:07:24:
: : By the way, I was also in London from the time Diana died until her burial. THAT WAS ASTOUNDING!! What was the big deal? She was an odd mixture of a real representation of themselves (shy, clinically depressed, unsure of herself) and at the same time their ideal (beautiful, caring, able to give of herself, still Royal). It was an odd idea of perfection. And then it was gone at it's most tragically beautiful, at it's height of perfection, you might say.
: >>> Very well put, Sarah. She was probably quite a likable person, but seemed to have no outstanding attributes. But the combination of people being able to identify with someone who at the same time lives the glitzy life they will never experience must be irresistible for many.
I think it is very easy to look on the surface of this 'Diana' thing and think 'what is the big deal?'. There was much more to it than that - politics, politics, politics!!
By the time Diana died (? - some would question that) there was a lot more going on. Charles had admitted that he had had an extra-marital affair and their marriage was in ruins, so would the people accept him as the next King? Who would the people accept as the next 'monarch'? His son? But he was so young and under the influence of Diana! The Queen et al knew it would mean a locking of horns with Diana to get him on the throne. Indeed, there was a question mark over the whole concept of the monarchy - people could see it falling like a house of cards (as with most institutions in Britain, it is starting to crumble!!). With the death of the Princess, who could now be a well balanced, modern, forward thinking influence on Prince William?
This woman was taken to the heart of the people because of the treatment she was receiving at the hands of the Royal family. And after all, she WAS the mother of Britain's future King. Her 'more normal' influence on the boys was seen as a sign that William would have knowledge and understanding of the 'common people' - how they felt, and how they lived their lives. People in Britain saw Diana as 'the way of the future'!
With her death, people saw the monarchy slide back into the past, with all the royal protocol, traditions and encumbrances once more the seal of the Royal house of Windsor. Gone was the 'New Age of Royalty' and gone were the people's hopes for the reshaping of the monarchy into something with which they could identify ! The people mourned not just for Diana BUT FOR THEIR HOPES FOR BRITAIN AND THE FUTURE. THAT'S WHAT IT WAS ALL ABOUT!!
I can assure you and I think most people on the Board here realise, I am definitely NOT a monarchist, but I grieved that day for the loss of something/someone good. Like Americans with the picture in their minds of John-John saluting to his father, it made your heart ache to see a very sad-faced 12 year old boy (Prince Harry) stoically walk long miles behind the coffin of his mother, as a nation wept for her.
The 'picture' this week was no different - just different actors.
With nations grieving for 'what might have been'. We're all the same under the skin, though living under a different flag.
Take care, everyone,
(I could detect a wee hint of 'heat' rising ... hey, we're all friends here!!)
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