August 31, 2017

Day of the White Rose, Australia - 31 August

The White Rose Day is an Australian holiday in honor of Princess Diana, who was killed in a car accident on that date in 1997. 
Princess Diana of Wales was a good person who worked with international charities and was one of the most popular public figures in Britain and around the world. The road accident in which she was killed along with her partner, Dudu Fayed, happened in a tunnel on Pont de l'Alma in Paris. After her death he was but all over the world. To this day, near the tunnel where she died, there are lots of wreaths, statues, stuffed animals and other accessories that people left to honor her memory. 

So ... Diana was England, the Princess of Wales, and she died in France. Why is her death perpetuated white roses in Australia? This is because Australia is part of the Commonwealth of Nations. This means that although Australia is a separate and independent country from Britain, the British monarchy also governs it. In other words, Queen Elizabeth II is not only Queen of England but also Queen of Australia. Therefore, Princess Diana was in terms of the Australian Princess of Australia. There are 16 countries belonging to the Commonwealth: Australia, Canada, Jamaica, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Barbados, Grenada, United Kingdom, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia, Tuvalu, Saint Keats and Nevis and the Bahamas). 

Princess Diana symbolized not only the royal house but also was a fashion icon and model of admiration and imitation. She was married to Prince Charles for 15 years (hence the nickname "Princess," although she was not really a princess) and mother to the two heirs, William and Harry. Her nickname was Lady Dee. In 1996 Diana and Charles divorced, and after a while she began a relationship with my uncle Al Fayed, an Egyptian millionaire businessman who was killed in an accident with her.
In the photo: a monument in memory of Princess Diana in Paris, above the scene of the accident
A memorial to Diana and her partner in the Herods shop in London

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