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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 6,1997 nA STATESMAN JOURNAL pace TTk il if aitv to examine lis roie mi ra jutauuii orces roy flying at Buckingham Palace, the queen's residence. Despite widespread hue and cry, the royal court stuck to its insistence that protocol demanded that the royal standard fly only when the queen was in residence, and then only at full-staff. Thursday, the queen agreed that the British national flag, the Union Jack, be flown at half-staff at the palace during Diana's funeral and for the rest of the weekend, a symbolic step, but an unprecedented one. There was no consensus on the effect all of this had on the queen's many subjects. David Starkey, a constitutional histo rian at the London School of Economics and an expert on the royals, said that for once he just wasn't sure.

"I think that on one sense it's very sensible what they're doing," he said. "In another, it just has that air of a public relations exercise." royals always have been so dismissive. In these diminished, "modern" monarchies, the distance and grandeur that separate royals from their subjects have been reduced greatly over the years. Sovereigns often retire in their old age like regular pensioners, and while still on the throne some even can be seen pedaling around town on their bikes. In effect, they serve less by divine right than by the implied consent of their subjects.

The House of Windsor, on the other hand, has hewn closely to the traditional roles of sovereign and subject. "I'm not your Princess Anne, the queen's daughter, once snapped to an overly familiar press photographer, "I'm your Royal Highness." The British royals have been insistent on maintaining protocol. One of the sharpest criticisms of the family this week was that while flags were flying at half-mast all over Britain in Diana's honor, no flag at all was Labor Party victory last May, is known for his skill at assessing and responding to the public mood. It was Blair who coined the phrase "the people's princess" in the hours after Diana's death, and by doing so set a tone for the week's commemorations. The extraordinary thing was that the royal family's actions came in response to angry public opinion, voiced by hundreds of Britons in television interviews.

Queen Elizabeth was born and raised in an era when British monarchs were understood to exist in a realm of symbol, tradition and protocol, a realm that was above mere public opinion. For nearly half a century she has ruled by that ethos. For this queen to respond to public sentiment in this way marks a major departure, and perhaps a sea change in the British monarchy. The effect was to make the queen of England look, at least for a day, much more like the "bicycle kings and queens" of Scandinavia, of whom the British Critics say their aloof, stoic form isn't working in modern society. The Washington Post LONDON The British royal family has been pushed this week into a basic re-examination of its role in a rapidly changing society, as Queen Elizabeth II surrendered to enormous public pnssure over the way she and the family have handled Princess Diana's death.

"They used to tell us what to do," wrote columnist Ross Benson in Friday afternoon's Evening Standard newspaper. "Now we tell them." With the tabloid press barking at them like a pack of hounds and public anger clearly mounting day by day, Queen Elizabeth and the royal family for the first time abandoned their traditional lofty stoicism and remove attributes that have helped make the House of Windsor by far the grandest, most traditional, and, Queen Elizabeth IPs speech on British TV Tragedy brings Spencers' frustration into limelight who never met her, but felt they knew her, will remember her. I for one believe that there are lessons to be drawn from her life and from the extraordinary and moving reaction to her death. I share in your determination to cherish her memory. This is also an opportunity for me, on behalf of my family, and especially Prince Charles and William and Harry, to thank all of you who have brought flowers, sent messages, and paid your respects in so many ways to a remarkable person.

These acts of kindness have been a huge source of help and comfort. Our thoughts are also with Diana's family and the families of those who died with her. I know that they too have drawn strength from what has happened since last weekend, as they seek to heal their sorrow and then to face the future without a loved one. I hope that tomorrow we can all, wherever we are, join in expressing our grief at Diana's loss, and gratitude for her all-too-short life. It is a chance to show to the whole world the British nation united in grief and respect.

May those who died rest in peace and may we, each and every one of us, thank God for someone who made many, many people happy. different ways to cope," the queen said. "It is not always easy to express the sense of loss "What I say to you now, as your queen and as a grandmother, I say from the heart." The queen made the speech from Buckingham Palace's Chinese Dining Room. Her back was to an open window, and the camera could see the crowds of mourners at the palace gates in the background. It was an image worthy of any top image consultant: the queen and her subjects, united in common grief.

According to reports Friday in the British press, the family, ensconced at Balmoral, was divided on how to respond to the public outcry, with Prince Charles pushing for some kind of action and the queen resisting. The reports said that Blair telephoned Charles at Balmoral on Wednesday to tell him how sharply the public mood had worsened and that the family needed to do something urgently. Blair, elected in a landslide 18th century. One branch became the Dukes of Marlborough. The other became the Earls Spencer, beginning in 1765.

The family home remained a notable English estate, "a typical prestigious aristocratic seat, the very best really," as Charles Kidd, co-editor of Debrett's Peerage, said this week. Diana was one of three daughters and a son born to the eighth Earl Spencer. Her father was not involved in politics but was close to the royal family. Her brother viewed Queen Elizabeth as his godmother. One of her older sisters married the queen's private secretary, Sir Robert Fellowes.

In the spotlight The Spencer family was never far from the limelight even before Diana's marriage into royalty. The divorce of Diana's parents the end of a 15-year-marriage was a bitterly contested and much publicized case recounted by daily newspapers in the late 1960s. In the mid '70s, Diana's father married the former Lady Dartmouth, known as Raine, who is the daughter of romance novelist Barbara Cartland. With Diana's wedding in 1981, the Spencers were destined to remain fodder for the tabloids. The current Earl Spencer, a graduate of Eton and Oxford, became a particular favorite for gossip columnists.

His marriage to model Victoria Lockwood, at the family estate, was hounded by the press, and the couple's subsequent rocky times were reported breathlessly, In the past year, the young Earl and his family moved to South Africa in an attempt to brush off public scrutiny and press fascination. The Spencer children's stepmother, Raine, also has come in for unpleasant press coverage. A family dispute over how she remodeled the Althorp estate in 1991 selling off 200 family treasures to cut costs became a running press saga. When the children's father climbed steadily during the past year, he said. "We expect this quarter's production from our Dallas facility to exceed last year's same quarter production by 25 percent to 30 percent and to be accomplished with 57 fewer employees." Bergeron also expects that the plant will continue to add employees, as needed.

Some workers affected by this week's layoff could be rehired, he said. The company was founded in 1981 by former logger Robert 1 according to critics, most hidebound of the surviving European monarchies. Thursday night and Friday, reportedly at the urging of Prime Minister Tony Blair, the royals have orchestrated an unprecedented, media-sawy flurry of gestures, appearances and photo-ops designed to show the public that they, too, were affected deeply by Diana's death. In her three-minute talk, the queen directly met three of the public's demands. She gave a warm tribute to Diana, indirectly promised to adopt some aspects of her style for one, believe there are lessons to be learned from her life and from the extraordinary and moving reaction to her death," she said and expressed public emotion, something critics had said the royals were incapable of doing.

"We have all been trying in our Seen driving to and from the family estate, Spencer has been grim-faced. "Earl Spencer's anger is understandable, but no one knows where it will lead," said one person from Northamptonshire County, where the estate is located. "It looks like it's been a long time coming." Spencer, who is three years younger than Diana and who for a time worked for NBC's "Today" show, long has hated the press that his sister generated and which splashed over on him. In 1994, he blamed the newspapers for the breakup of the marriage of Diana and Prince Charles. In the past year, he has struggled with press accounts of the breakup of his own marriage.

Spencer has taken legal action in the past, winning undisclosed libel damages from tabloids, to keep his private life out of the papers. But the events of this week indicate he and other members of the family are using the media to their to advantage. In addition to Spencer's bitter remarks this week, other relatives' emotional approach to Diana's death in strong contrast with the restraint of the royal family also has played out in the daily press. Diana's mother, Frances Shand Kydd, spoke Wednesday to reporters about the "gift" of her daughter. Red-eyed and wan, she said she thanked God for "all her loving and giving.

I give her back to Him with my love, pride and admiration." Spencer family history The Spencer family hails from country north of London, on an estate established in the 16th century. Althorp House, as it is still called, was home to a sheep-grazing business that grew into a rich family business. Sir Robert Spencer great-great-great grandson of the original ancestral owner, John Spencer was reputed to be one of the wealthiest men in the kingdom in the 17th century. The family split in the early rary employment agency. The plant's payroll will be about 650 after the downsizing.

Executives say the layoffs are not a sign the company is scaling back its production schedule or its push to become a "one-stop shop" for its customers that include Intel, Xerox and Hewlett-Packard. Praegitzer remains in an expansion mode and, since going public last year, has acquired circuit board design firms across the country and in Israel to augment its production capacity on the West Coast. "We're competing in a world market," Bergeron said. The company's revenues have The Associated Press LONDON This is the text of the address by Queen Elizabeth II on Friday evening in a live broadcast from Buckingham Palace: Since last Sunday's dreadful news we have seen, throughout Britain and around the world, an overwhelming expression of sadness at Diana's death. We have all been trying in our different ways to cope.

It is not easy to express a sense of loss, since the initial shock is often succeeded by a mixture of other feelings: disbelief, incomprehension, anger and concern for those who remain. We have all felt those emotions in these last few days. So what I say to you now, as your queen and as a grandmother, I say from my heart. First, I want to pay tribute to Diana myself. She was an exceptional and gifted human being.

In good times and bad, she never lost her capacity to smile and laugh, nor to inspire others with her warmth and kindness. I admired and respected her for her energy and commitment to others, and especially for her devotion to her two boys. This week at Balmoral, we have all been trying to help William and Harry come to terms with the devastating loss that they and the rest of us have suffered. No one who knew Diana will ever forget her. Millions of others Mnv 180 Diana's family has had a history of tribulation and media attention.

The Washington Post LONDON For 500 years, the Spencer family stood on one belief: God Defend the Right. This week, the closest relatives of Princess Diana the former Lady Diana Spencer have been pursuing the family motto with a vengeance. Earl Spencer, the pale-cheeked younger brother of Diana, has been a voice of righteousness from a family in mourning, and some are wondering how he will handle perhaps the most difficult day of his life. Today, he is to pay tribute to Diana during her funeral at Westminster Abbey. If this week lends any clue, the lord of Al-thorp the family estate and final resting place for Diana will put his own stamp on how history remembers the Princess of Wales.

Shunning the tabloids I Hours after her death Sunday vn an auto accident in Paris, Spencer was pointed in laying blame for the crash. Diana, 36, died escaping paparazzi, he said, and he clearly saw "blood on (the) hands" of every newspaper editor and owner who paid for intrusive photos of her. Editors of tabloid newspapers had their invitations to the princess' funeral withdrawn at Spencer's demand. It would have been, he said bluntly, his sister's wish. Friday, on the eve of Diana's funeral, another sign of the Spencer ire surfaced.

The family filed a lawsuit in Paris, according to the Reuter news service, that allows their lawyers access to police files dealing with the six photographers and one photo-agency motorcyclist who have been placed under investigation for manslaughter in connection with the fatal crash. The suit also allows them to seek damages if there is a trial. te -1 4 "I always believed the press would kill her in the end. But not even I could imagine that they would take such a direct hand in her death as seems to he the case." EARL CHARLES SPENCER BROTHER OF PRINCESS DIANA ABOUT HER DEATH died in 1992, the Times of London reported his funeral as "determinedly directed at family unity, at thanksgiving rather than mourning, at brightness rather than gloom." His remains were placed in the family vault, along with those of 20 generations of Spencers, at St. Mary the Virgin Church in the village of Great Brington, near the estate.

A family friend said this week that many people expected the young generation of Spencers to find strength if not solace in yet another sad return to Althorp, the heart of their family history and their sense of community. Diana, initially destined for the family crypt, will be buried on a small island on the estate, which the family said will be opened to visitors for a few weeks each year. "No one will be able to take her place," said one woman who had watched Diana grow up in Great Brington. "But history will help them all carry on." Praegitzer and now ranks among the country's top printed circuit board producers. It reported sales of $148 million for the fiscal year that ended June 30, a 56 percent increase from the previous year.

Some analysts aren't sure the company can maintain that sales growth. Still, the company has lined up some "significant" customers, said Butler of Pacific Crest Securities, who doesn't share that gloomy outlook. "There's no question they're doing a lot of things right," he said. DaViivci RISTORANTE ITALIANO Open for Lunch Dinner HIGH ST. SE SALEM, OR 97301 503 3991413 Nobody Beats The Original Dave Domine Mr.

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