Press and Sun-Bulletin from Binghamton, New York on September 2, 1997 · 4
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DEAnLQEAPRMCESS Tuesday, September 2, 1997 "Funnieral sdM 6eM(ipe for a umiqee peFoe Some aspects of royalty restored Los Angeles Times LONDON Two pridef ul patrician families agreed Monday with the British government to give Princess Diana a "unique funeral" that will combine the families' wishes for privacy with public demands to honor a woman who touched the nation's heart. As planning advanced for the 11 a.m. Saturday ceremonies that will blend dignity and modernity and for which huge crowds are expected and will be welcomed, the government and palace made plain Tragedy turns Web into wake Support sought at late hour online By MARY PAT HYLAND Staff Writer When radio stations announced President Kennedy had been shot, afternoon traffic stopped in its tracks along Endicott's Washington Avenue. People rushed into St. Ambrose Church to pray together for him and his family. News of Princess Diana's death, however, came to the Tier at midnight and those who happened to be watching television had few outlets for sharing their grief at that hour. Many found it online. Within seconds of the announcement of her death in Paris, chat rooms for mourners opened on America Online's People Connection: UK Experience. They carried names like "Princess Diana is Dead," "Prayers for Diana," or "RIP Diana," and most chat rooms reached capacity within minutes of opening. The Internet first provided the world a chance to mourn a celebrity when Jerry Garcia leader of the rock band the Grateful Dead died in 1995. Since then the number of online customers has risen dramatically. Today's worldwide participation created the perfect setting for an online wake for the princess. And it will likely continue through the day of her funeral. On that first night, some chat room visitors were watching the TV news networks at the same time, providing others with online "bulletins." "They have the paparazzi." "The bodyguard is in grave condition." "Prince Charles is flying to Paris." Most visitors to the chat rooms were reverent mourners, express-ingsympalhy for the family especially concern for Diana's two sons. In one chat room the visitors simply sat in silence. It was as if they received comfort just "being with" others who shared their sorrow. "This is like my generation's Challenger disaster," one young visitor said. "It's just like Princess Grace's death," another said. "It's a conspiracy." "It's Prince Charles' fault." "I'm in shock." "Boycott the tabloids!!" "Boycott the advertisers who sponsor them!!" They talked all through the night. In the morning, the British Monarchy welcomed mourners to its Web site, www.royal.gov.uk. After lengthy online waits, visitors were greeted with this message: "In response to the sad passing of Princess Diana, we provide the resources below for those wishing to find out more information on the tragedy, or to send condolences to Her Majesty the Queen, the Royal Family, friends and family." After "signing" the online book of condolences, Web site visitors received a message acknowledging their message: "Thank you for your kind messsage of condolence for the sad loss of Diana, Princess of Wales." Several web sites created chat rooms specifically for mourners. HoloChat's Princess Diana site, created by Frank and Debi DeFreitas of Allentown, Pa., will be open all this week. The address: http:chat. customer.ai.netholochatchat.cgi Other sites provide space for people from around the world to write their condolences. At one site, the 50 most recent messages are displayed. Some examples: From Jean-Luc, Quebec, Canada: "Thank you Diana for your contribution . . . your compassion and love." Gerry, Manila, Phillippines: "Wherever she is, I hope she finds the peace and happiness that eluded her in this world ..." One message began "Good day to the citizens of the United Kingdom." The writer from Las Vegas describes how she was in a common chat area with about 43 others when the newsjbroke." ... We became so sullen. 1 am sitting home in tears because of the loss of everyone's dear Princess." V Britain mourned its dead princess in a swelling wave of public grief. "I will never be able to reconcile "myself to the needless and cruel deaths of two people who were so vibrant, generous and full of life. God took their souls to live together in paradise," said Mohammed Al Fayed on Monday. Dodi, his eldest son, was buried after Sunday services at a London mosque. The 1 1,000 light bulbs that make Harrods a nighttime London spectacle will not be switched on again until after Diana's funeral. Amid calls for two minutes of national silence, many shops will be closed Saturday morning. Sporting events cricket, rugby, horse racing have been canceled and so has the I - M "mi- 4Y: -Lei People line up outside St. James' Chapel near Buckingham Palace Monday to sign a book of condolence for Diana, princess of Wales. World leaders join mourners LONDON (AP) To lose a beautiful, compassionate, 36-year-old princess: unimaginable. And that it could have been avoided: simply outrageous. Around the world, they spoke out Monday the powerful and the poor, the famous and the obscure expressing solidarity and sorrow during Britain's days of tears. As the realization set in that Princess Diana was irrevocably gone, admirers started examining what her loss and her life meant to them. And they started asking difficult questions about the circumstances in which she died. "I admit that I cried," said Bill Saragih, a jazz musician in Indonesia. "She belonged to the whole world, not just Britain." Pope John Paul II said he was "deeply saddened." "The Holy Father has offered prayers summoning her to our Heavenly Father's eternal love," he said Monday in a message to Queen Elizabeth II, Diana's former mother-in-law. PRINCESS WEB SITES British Monarchy: www.royalty.gov.uk Princess Diana Memorial News: http:now2000.comdi CNN Interactive: http:www.cnn.com Miscellaneous links: http:www.webexpress.comdia naframeset.htm http:www.holoworld.comww wpagesdianaindex.html BRING US THE BS!! WATCH & JEWELRY REPAIR ENGRAVING W'll repair H, refurbish H. restore it, renew It... We'll do the work ethers don't want!) 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The chapel is next to St. James' In London, mounds of gently laid flowers rose in a dozen spots around Buckingham Palace. A smaller mountain of bouquets adorned the front of Harrods department store. Its owner is the father of Dodi Fayed, who died with Diana in the Paris car crash early Sunday. Traders in London's financial district stood for a moment's silence. And, from supermarkets to theaters, British businesses announced plans to shut down Saturday for Diana's funeral. A Harrods spokesman said the store would close Saturday the first time in its history. Until then, however, the store would remain open, he said. "However difficult it is for Harrods to carry on, it's a great British institution," the spokesman said. "It has to be business as normal, or as normal as it could be, or it's never likely to be normal again." Flags flew at half-staff Monday everywhere from NATO headquarters in Bosnia to London's Westminster Abbey, where the i ra 1997 High School A Special 28 Where Palace, once the residence of King Henry VIII, now the London headquarters of Prince Charles and still the statutory seat of government; ambassadors to Britain are accredited to the court of St. James. As a concession to her own noble Spencer family and the royal Windsor family, which includes Diana's sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, the princess will not lie in state. Only relatives and close friends will pass by her bier, although the books of condolence will remain open round the clock until the funeral and afterward if necessary. A a beloved national and international figure and mother of future King William, she will be laid to An unidentified mourner cries Monday in the St. Mary The Virgin church in Great Brington, Northamptonshire, England near the Althorp House home of the Spencer Family. The burial tomb of the Spencer family where Diana, Princess of Wales, will be buried after her funeral on Saturday, is located at the Althorp family residence. funeral will be held. "She deserves to end her trip here," said Jonathan Milliken, sitting on the abbey's lawn Monday afternoon. Nearby, a Chinese television crew rehearsed a stand-up under the gaze of disdainful onlookers. Indeed, reaction in many nations came in the form of condemnation of commercial photographers Thursday, September 4 a New Season, Hopes Condolence book Area residents will have an opportunity to sign a Book of Condolences for the family of the late Princess Diana starting from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today at Christ Church, 187 Washington St., Bing-hamton. The book will be sent to Lord Runcie, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Runcie will be asked rest with great honor. It will not be precisely a royal funeral, or a state funeral. Just Diana's funeral; a high-profile, creative exercise in improvisation and farewell by a nation with a great J Si 5 . ASSOCIATED PRESS known as paparazzi, whose actions may have contributed to the crash although it was also revealed Monday that Diana's driver had been intoxicated. Heads of state and their representatives offered condolences, from Israeli President Ezer Weiz-man to Kenyan Vice President George Saitoti to Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Shen Guofang. , In Football Preview Page Section & Dreams Begin. Only In The open for signing to present the book to Diana's sons. People who sign the book, which will be placed at the foot of the High Altar in the city's oldest church, will also have an opportunity to pray for the departed soul of the princess of Wales and light a candle in her memory. Bells at the church will toll at 11 a.m. Saturday, the day of Diana's funeral. love and a great genius for ritual. A spokeswoman for Buckingham Palace observed: "The status is irrelevant. This is a unique funeral for a unique person." President won't attend funeral But first lady may lead delegation OAK BLUFFS, Mass. (AP) President Clinton will not attend the funeral for Princess Diana, the White House announced on Monday as discussions continued among U.S. officials to determine who would lead the American delegation. "Consultations are ongoing to determine the appropriate representation for the president and people of the United States," White House spokesman Joe Lockhart said. Funeral services are being held Saturday in London. Clinton's three-week family vacation is scheduled to end on Sunday. Other White House aides privately said there was considerable internal discussion of first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton attending the burial, but they emphasized that there was no decision on Mrs. Clin-, ton's participation. ' While Vice President Al Gore customarily represents the United States at the funeral services of foreign dignitaries, Mrs. Clinton enjoyed the closest relationship with Diana, frequently visiting with her on the princess' trips to Washington. In a condolence letter released Monday, the president wrote Prime Minister Tony Blair: "The British people, indeed all of us, have lost a friend." Lockhart said the other condolence letters, which were sent via diplomatic cable to Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles and Diana's family, would remain private. The only time that Clinton in his 4Vz years as president traveled abroad for a funeral was in November 1995, for the Jerusalem burial of assassinated Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. While Labor Day marked the end of summer for many Martha's Vineyard vacationers, Clinton was still going strong as he entered the homestretch of his three-week sojourn. A If H '"W r '-T: ? rjjLPRIir.ir I Ml .fr- sarlvsTffMVe

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