The Lady Diana Spencer, Princess of Wales
Memorial Center at Althorp

There fell a silvery-silken veil of light,
With quietude, and sultriness, and slumber
Upon the upturn'd faces of a thousand
Roses that grew in an enchanted garden,
Where no wind dared to stir, unless on tiptoe-
Fell on the upturn'd faces of these roses
That gave out, in return for the love-light,
Their odorous souls in an estatic death-
Fell on the upturn'd faces of these roses
That smiled and died in this parterre, enchanted
By thee, and by the poetry of thy presence.

from to Helen by Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849).


I killed her. I hounded her
to the death. I followed her
every movement.
I gave her no peace. For I
bought the papers. I read the
stories and
I looked at the photographs
They did this for me.
How can I live with that?


I know I can give love for a minute, for half-an-hour, for a day, for a month, and I want to do that. (1995)


(Mother Teresa died shortly after Diana):

I am sorry to hear about the sudden death of Princess Diana. All the sisters and I are praying for her and all the members of her family to know God's speed and peace and comfort in this moment.

She was very much concerned about the poor and her attitude towards the poor was good. That is why she came close to me. She came to Calcutta. She was taken to Sishu Bhavan[an orphanage], where we have children for adoption. We are fighting abortion with adoption. She was anxious to do something for the poor.

We never talked about her divorce. Most of the time we talked about how to love God and ask God to help us to love the poor. She was a very good wife and good mother of beautiful children.

She helped me to help the poor and that's the most beautiful thing.


Aerial view of the island where Lady Diana Spencer is buried.

In 1998, the Althorp stables were rebuilt to house a visitor's center dedicated to the life of Diana Spencer. Her brother, Charles, Viscount Althorp, the Ninth Earl Spencer, planned this tribute to his sister.

Althorp is opened to visitors for sixty days each year, from July 1st until September 1sr. A maximum of 2,500 tickets are sold each day and the proceeds go to Diana's Memorial Fund. There is a gift shop that sells natural products, momentos of Althorp, and children's items. Nothing sold has the name or image of Diana.


This Victorian Artwork is from IMSI Master Photos

Thirty-six oaks were planted on the avenue to the stables, they depict the years of her life. One hundred white rambling roses are planted on the island where Diana is buried and 1,000 water lilies were donated by Stow School fot the waters surrounding the island.

A temple stands next to the lake. Many visitors leave floral tributes there. In front of this temple is a silhouette of Diana in black marble on a white marble background. Two tablets show a quote Diana made about her charity work, the other is part of the tribute given by her brother, Charles at Westminster Abbey.

A white urn marks her grave. Many have written that it is a place befitting the people's princess (Spencer, Charles, Althorp: The Story of An English House. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1999- US edition).

Althorp Manor - Ancestral Home of Lady Diana Spencer - Princess of Wales
[Royalty ...... The Unofficial Spencer Family Homepage ...... Wormleighton Manor House


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