Ten Years

Princes William and Harry open the concert
The brand new Wembley Stadium was the venue for Concert For Diana
Legendary rockers Status Quo performed at the concert

Concert for Diana at Wembley Stadium was held on Sunday 1st July 2007, Prince William and Prince Harry took to the stage in front of a 63,000 strong crowd to open the Concert for Diana, arranged in memory of their mother, Diana, Princess of Wales on her 46th birthday.

Sir Elton John opened the event, with a performance of Your Song before introducing the two princes, who entered to a standing ovation "this event is about all that our mother loved in life - her music, her dancing, her charities and her family and friends," said William.

"We just want you to have an awesome time and enjoy the line-up."

Harry said: "It's great to see so many of you here supporting this very special show."

When William and I first had the idea we forgot we would end up standing here desperately trying to think of something funny to say.

"We'll leave that to the funny people - and Ricky Gervais," joked William.

The concert marks the 10th anniversary of the death of Diana,
Princess of Wales and featured a line-up of acts including Lily Allen, Take That, Kanye West and Sir Tom Jones.

Natasha Bedingfield

The princes introduced one of their mother's favourite bands, Eighties heart-throbs Duran Duran, before taking their seats in the royal box.

Prince Harry delivered a special message to his Household Cavalry squadron serving in Iraq while on stage, telling them he wished he could be there with them.
Sir Elton John, who opened the concert with a performance
of "Your Song"

Soldiers across Afghanistan and Iraq will be listening to a live radio simulcast of the concert through British Forces Broadcasting Services.

Nelly Furtardo

The Prince told the crowd: "I would also like to take this opportunity to say hi to all the guys in A Squadron of the Household Cavalry, who are serving out in Iraq at the moment.

"I wish I was there with you. I'm sorry I can't be. But to all of those on operations at the moment, we'd both like to say - stay safe."

Prince William told the audience: "We just want you to have an awesome time," before adding: "We have the greatest pleasure in introducing one of mother's favourite bands. It's Duran Duran."

Duran Duran
The evening before Concert for Diana, June 30th, Princes William & Harry gave this recorded interview on BBC Television
Roger Hodgeson of Supertramp
Diana grew up listening to their music
Take That perform their songs on stage

The Princes then went off stage to take their seats in the Royal Box.

Princes William and Harry having fun and enjoying themselves

The show was watched by a global audience of over 500 million people in 140 countries.

After a morning of rain showers, the sun came out for the start of the concert.

Duran Duran treated the audience to hits including Rio, which singer Simon Le Bon dedicated "to the memory of this country's favourite princess".

Rod Stewart

Lily Allen got the crowd going with her hits Smile and LDN.

She was introduced by actress Sienna Miller, one of several stars who had presenting duties. Others included Jamie Oliver, Cat Deeley and Kiefer Sutherland.

In between the acts, the audience watched short films by ordinary people whose lives were touched by The Princess.

Friday 31st August 2007 marked the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales. A memorial service was held, organised by Princes William and Harry.

The Guards Chapel in Wellington Barracks, London was to hold this fantastic event to mark their mothers life, where members if Diana's family and her close friends were invited.

The Reverend Patrick Irvin CF lead the service and among the hymns chosen were Diana's favourite "I Vow To Thee, My Country" which was sung at her wedding in St. Paul's Cathedral in July 1981 and also at her funeral in Westminster Abbey in September 1997.

William gave a bible reading from Ephesians 3. 14 - 21 while Harry made a more personal speech - perhaps one that he was unable to give those ten long years ago.

This is what he said:- "William and I can separate life into two parts. There were those years when we were blessed with the physical presence beside us of both our mother and father. And then there are the 10 years since our mother's death. When she was alive we completely took for granted her unrivalled love of life, laughter, fun and folly. She was our guardian, friend and protector.

She never once allowed her unfaltering love for us to go unspoken or undemonstrated. She will always be remembered for her amazing public work. But behind the media glare, to us, just two loving children, she was quite simply the best mother in the world. We would say that wouldn't we. But we miss her.

She kissed us last thing at night. Her beaming smile greeted us from school. She laughed hysterically and uncontrollably when sharing something silly she might have said or done that day. She encouraged us when we were nervous or unsure. She - like our father- was determined to provide us with a stable and secure childhood.

To lose a parent so suddenly at such a young age - as others have experienced - is indescribably shocking and sad. It was an event which changed our lives forever, as it must have done for everyone who lost someone that night.

But what is far more important to us now, and into the future, is that we remember our mother as she would have wished to be remembered, as she was - fun-loving, generous, down-to-earth, entirely genuine.

We both think of her every day. We speak about her and laugh together at all the memories. Put simply, she made us, and so many other people, happy. May this be the way that she is remembered."
The Guards Chapel, Windsor was chosen for the memorial service on Friday, 31st August because of William and Harry's Army connections
Princes Charles, Harry and William greet the arriving guests at the Memorial Service
The famous iconic image of Diana on her last ever photoshoot by by Peruvian Mario Testino

The Church of England has published two prayers on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales. The prayers, written by the Archbishop of Canterbury, will be used at the memorial service at the Guards Chapel on August 31st. They will also be available for use in churches around the country

God our Father,
We remember before you DIANA,
Princess of Wales,
And offer you our gratitude
For all the memories of her that we treasure still.
Her vulnerability
And her willingness to reach out to the excluded and forgotten
Touched us all;
Her generosity gave hope and joy to many.
May she rest in peace where sorrow and pain are banished,
And may the everlasting light of your merciful love shine upon her;
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Father eternal, unfailing source of peace to all who seek you,
We entrust to your love and protection
All for whom this anniversary of the tragic and untimely death of Diana, Princess of Wales Reawakens the pains of grief and loss.
Comfort all who mourn, that casting all their cares upon you,
They may be filled with your gifts - of new life, of courage and of hope;
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
Prince Harry makes his emotional speech


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