"Diana was the very essence of compassion, of duty, of style, of beauty. All over the world she was a symbol of selfless humanity. All over the world, a standard bearer for the rights of the truly downtrodden, a very British girl who transcended nationality. Someone with a natural nobility who was classless and who proved in the last year that she needed no royal title to continue to generate her particular brand of magic.
Today is our chance to say thank you
for the way you brightened our lives, even though God granted you but half a
life. We will all feel cheated always that you were taken from us so young and
yet we must learn to be grateful that you came along at all. Only now that you
are gone do we truly appreciate what we are now without and we want you to know
that life without you is very, very difficult.
We have all despaired at our loss over the
past week and only the strength of the message you gave us through your years
of giving has afforded us the strength to move forward. There is a temptation
to rush to canonize your memory, there is no need to do so. You stand tall
enough as a human being of unique qualities not to need to be seen as a saint.
Indeed to sanctify your memory would be to miss out on the very core of your
being, your wonderfully mischievous sense of humor with a laugh that bent you
Your joy for life transmitted where ever you
took your smile and the sparkle in those unforgettable eyes. Your boundless
energy which you could barely contain. But your greatest gift was your
intuition and it was a gift you used wisely. This is what underpinned all your
other wonderful attributes and if we look to analyse what it was about you that
had such a wide appeal we find it in your instinctive feel for what was really
important in all our lives.”