Very few modern-day events have shocked and saddened the world as much as the Princess Diana death news did in 1997. Princess Diana was a royal in every sense of the word with her kindness, words of wisdom, and unwavering bravery. The mom of two was only 36 when she died in a horrible car accident, so it's an understatement to say she was taken too soon.
So it's no surprise that in 2017, the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana's death, she will be honored in a big way--and it'll last throughout the entire year.
The Diana Award, a charity for young people that was established in her honor, will memorialize her in several events and awards this year. The group also has an app coming out, and plans to announce a new holiday called National Kindness Day. (Could you ever think of a more appropriate holiday for Princess Diana?)
Diana's brother, Earl Charles Spencer, will host a gala for The Diana Award at his home in June. He also plans to reveal an exhibition called "Walking in Her Shoes," which will honor award winners who are following in Diana's footsteps by continuing her humanitarian work.
Although no details have been released yet about what roles Princess Diana's sons Prince Harry and Prince William will have in the memorial, it's likely that they will also be involved in the events honoring their late mother.
In any case, both Harry and William have begun to open up about their beloved lost mom in recent months. And their revelations are touching--but heartbreaking as ever.
"I really regret not ever talking about it. For the first 28 years of my life, I never talked about it," 31-year-old Harry said in July 2016. "It is okay to suffer, but as long as you talk about it. It is not a weakness. Weakness is having a problem and not recognizing it and not solving that problem."
William also emphasized the importance of talking about death in the family, to a young boy whose mom passed away from cancer, back in August 2016.
"I still miss my mother every day and it’s 20 years after she died," he told him. "The important thing is to talk about it as a family. It’s OK to feel sad; it’s OK for you to miss her."
Let's keep her family and friends in our thoughts and prayers all year round, but especially on the anniversary of Princess Diana's death, August 31, 2017.
via Harper's Bazaar