The Honolulu Advertiser from Honolulu, Hawaii on September 1, 1997 · 2
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The Honolulu Advertiser from Honolulu, Hawaii · 2

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Monday, September 1, 1997
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iSLAHD EDITION Diana Princess of Wales 1961-1997 The Honolulu Advertiser Monday, September 1, 1997 A1A Diana's mottmers span the In brief I yC globe Tribute paid to social work Advertiser News Services LONDON Traditional British reserve cracked yesterday. f The sudden death of Princess Diana threw Great Britain into a paroxysm of sadness, shock and anger. .,;By the thousands, Londoners began streaming toward Buckingham Palace, the official royal residence, and to Kensington Palace, where Diana had lived. They carried thousands of bouquets fancy displays tied with ribbons or drooping roses pulled hastily from garden bushes and wrapped in sheets of newsprint or foil. They knelt or stood silently, many weeping, in an outpouring of shared grief expressed under a cloudy sky whipped by gusts of wind. No corner of the kingdom was untouched, from the heart of England to the hills of Wales, where Diana was held in particular affection. Flags flew at half-staff and the British Broadcasting Corp. scrapped its scheduled programming, offering hymns and news in its stead. Ordinary Sunday life in a country that normally would be frantically preparing for the start of school classes this week ground to a near halt. A miles-long line of cars and taxis drove slowly past the Kensington Palace, creating a traffic jam. In a scene reminiscent of the aftermath of President John F. Kennedy's assassination, millions of Britons tuned in to nonstop television broadcasts. They watched as Prince Charles, young sons William and Harry, Queen Elizabeth and the queen's mother, who recently turned 97 left for Sunday morning church services outside the royal summer retreat at Balmoral in Scotland. On this Sunday, the family wore black. The Diana of temper tantrums and bulimia and scandalous love affairs was all but forgotten. In the cleansing tragedy of death, she was remembered as a selfless giver who worked tirelessly on behalf of AIDS victims, drug addicts, poor children and those maimed by land mines. With the pain came anger at the international media, particularly freelance photographers who hounded Diana and were pursuing her car when it crashed in Paris. .;"Bastards!" a mourner screamed at photographers outside Buckingham Palace. t But commentators sensed guilt, too, as people wondered if a nation's obsession with their beautiful national symbol had also contributed to her untimely death at age 36. ; From around the world, tribute poured in. International leaders and land mine victims, the rich and poor, religious leaders and movie stars mourned the loss of Diana, commemorating the death of a woman whose blend of jet-set glamour and social commitment gave her a presence in Third World villages as well as the covers of the world's tabloids. ', The extent of world response showed how widely the former Diana Spencer's image had 1 f A" l ML. ji. .f MOTHER TERESA "She was very con-5 cerned for the poor. She was very anxious to do something for them, f That is why she was v; close to me." ' . 1 1 TP i i A girl prays outside Buckingham spread. Opera singer Luciano Pavarotti, Pakistani cricket star and politician Imran Khan and Cambodia's King Norodom Sihanouk all shared condolences with her family. In India, Mother Teresa said that, despite living at the pinnacle of international society, Diana never lost her compassion or lacked time to help the poor by raising funds or making personal appearances. "She helped me to help the poor, and that's the most beautiful thing," said the Nobel laureate, whose Missionaries of Charity order planned two days of prayer for the princess. Japanese citizens, their own royal family treated with deference by the local media, gathered at an outdoor television screen in Tokyo to watch reports of Diana's death, shocked that the media in Western nations could intrude so deeply into the life of a princess. Diana's role as a "queen in people's hearts" the title she said she most coveted won praise from South African President Nelson Mandela, who paid tribute to Diana as "an ambassador for victims of land mines, war orphans, the sick and needy throughout the world." "She was our friend," said Jasminko Bjelic, a land mine survivor who met Diana in Bosnia three weeks ago. Describing himself as "pro KOFI ANNAN U.N. Secretary-general Diana's death "has robbed the world of a ... voice for the improvement of the lives of suffering children worldwide." Palace where bouquets ranging from foundly saddened," President Clinton offered his condolences to the British people: "Hillary and I knew Princess Diana, and we were very fond of her. We are profoundly saddened by this tragic event. Our thoughts and prayers tonight are with her family, friends, and especially her children," Clinton said. U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, in Venice, Italy, said Diana's death "has robbed the world of a consistent and committed voice for the improvement of the lives of suffering children worldwide." Few will forget the luminous princess. "Diana looks set to become the modern-day Marilyn Monroe," said Paul Dittman, 32, an American banker working in London. "She had the fame, the beauty and, finally, the tragedy." Ordinary Britons mourned the loss of a princess who, more than any member of the royal family, was considered uniquely theirs. "I've never been a royal watcher, a royal lover," said Tony Rubin, a taxi driver. "But in my opinion, she was the only one worth anything out of the whole lot of 'em." Tlie Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Associated Press and Knight-Ridder Service contributed to this report. The world reacts 4 - T Jr ' CHARLES SPENCER Diana's brother "... Every proprietor and editor of every publication that has paid for intrusive and exploitive photographs ... has wivvii vii it i w n imiiiuo. Steffan Rousseau Associated Press fancy displays to hand-picked flowers were placed in Diana's memory. I1! L w. .spxi ' Laurent Rebours Associated Press Diana's sisters, Lady Jane Fellowes, left, and Lady Sarah McCorquodale, leave the Salpetriere Hospital in Paris after accompanying Prince Charles to escort the princess's body back to Britain. if (C V' PRESIDENT CLINTON "We are profoundly saddened. ... Our thoughts and prayers tonight are with her family friends and especially her children." w , 0 . V- - f LUCIANO PAVAROHI Italian opera singer "Lady Diana was the most beautiful symbol of humanity and love for all the world. ... She can never be replaced." Associated Press library photo 1996 Princess Diana made headlines in Britain when she wore this black chiffon dress to a party in London last year. Historian praises Diana's style Princess Diana had an immense impact on the fashion world, said Detroit fashion historian Sandy Schreier. "She will always be remembered as an outstanding-looking clotheshorse who carried clothes beautifully," Schreier said. Schreier thinks the value of Diana's immense wardrobe will certainly increase after her death, especially the clothes that remained in her possession. "The gowns that she sold recently at a charity auction . will appreciate in value, but not very much," Schreier predicts. "It's the couture that she kept, which I think was a finer quality, that will be worth the most." Carmaker says crash 'catastrophic' The crash that killed Princess Diana would have been no less deadly had she been riding in another make of car, a Mercedes-Benz spokesman said yesterday. The company's experts classified it as "catastrophic," because of the apparent speed and other factors, Wolfgang Inhester said. "That means no matter what car the passengers would have been riding in, there was no chance of survival," Inhester said. Public may post condolences on Net Buckingham Palace has set up a page on its Web site for the public to leave a message of condolence about the death of Princess Diana. The site is: Scottish festival turns somber Diana's death put a damper on one of the biggest Scottish festivals outside of Scotland. In Pleasanton, Calif., about 50,000 people attended the Caledonian Club of San Francisco's annual Scottish Gathering and Games at the Alameda County Fairgrounds yesterday. Kids sat bewildered on their father's shoulders. Grown men and women shed tears. Some prayed, and thousands more just stood in a chilling silence as a lone -. bagpiper played a somber .' ; dirge over the untimely : -death of Princess Diana. : - Michael Jackson cancels concert Singer Michael Jackson l canceled a concert scheduled yesterday in Belgium that -: 60,000 people were to attend; Concert organizer Paul Ambach said Jackson was . " stunned by the news of : Diana's death and unable to : perform. .

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