NBC’s Michelle Kosinski reports.
Nearly 15 years after her death, the Olympic torch relay made a run through the grounds surrounding Princess Diana’s childhood home and grave in a symbolic nod to her continuing presence in many Britons’ hearts.
NBC’s Michelle Kosinski reports.
Naomi Watts is the double of doe-eyed Princess Diana in first look at actress in character as tragic Royal
With immaculately coiffured blonde hair and a stylish colour coordinated outfit, she bears an uncanny likeness to the woman she is portraying.
New pictures have revealed how English actress Naomi Watts has captured the look of Princess Diana in a film about the last two years of the tragic royal’s life before her death in 1997.
Miss Watts, 43, who has previously starred in Hollywood films such as 21 Grams and King Kong, was spotted in the UK filming scenes for forthcoming production Caught In Flight, which is released next year.
Seeing Diana: Naomi Watts bears an uncanny resemblance to the late Princess Diana as she stepped out in character for her role in new film Caught In Flight / Credit : Splash News
Magic of make-up Miss Watts insisted that she looked nothing like Diana, seen right in Angola in 1997- but the film's make-up artists have certainly done their job.
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The film is thought to focus on her relationship with heart surgeon Dr Hasnat Khan and also looks at her time with Dodi Fayed, who she was with at the time she died. The movie will include her death, aged 36, in a car in a Paris tunnel in 1997 with Dodi.
Miss Watts, who at the start of her career starred in Australian daytime soap Home and Away, has admitted she is ‘absolutely terrified’ of playing the part of the princess.
The Oscar-nominated actress has said of her controversial new role: ‘’She is a part of our history, an incredible woman and fascinating but a tragic ending.
Sombre: Naomi was dressed in all black as she was seen leaving a building in character, and right, seen recently at Elton John's White Tie and Tiara ball
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‘The film-makers came to me and it’s a good script and it’s very scary and I kind of wanted to say ‘no’ but I couldn’t.’
Miss Watts moved to London’s Kensington to prepare for the role and was said to have visited Diana’s favourite places -such as The Harbour Club and Beauchamp Place - as part of the preparations to get into character.
Her co-star Naveen Andrews, who plays Dr Hasnat Khan in the film recently, suggested Miss Watts is the only actress able to play the princess.
Scary: Naomi was impressed with the script but admits she found the prospect 'very scary'
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The Lost actor said: ‘I don’t think anyone else could have done it - there’s no one else.’
He added: ‘Whenever you work, usually if something has a chance or the potential to be good it usually starts with a good script and I’m very happy with the script and Naomi is doing it and she’s wonderful... I’m very much looking forward to shooting.’
The film is being made by acclaimed German director Oliver Hirschbiegel, who is famous for his portrayal of the last days of Hitler in his bunker in Downfall.
He reportedly said that Miss Watts was ‘a truly exceptional actress’ who embodied ‘the warmth, humanity and empathy’ of the ‘global icon’ Princess Diana,
Miss Watts, who had previously been in a relationship with Heath Ledger, is currently with actor Liev Schreiber, with whom she has two sons.
Serious: Acclaimed German director Oliver Hirschbiegel, famous for his portrayal of the last days of Hitler in his bunker in Downfall, is taking the reins of the film
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Source : Daily Mail.co.uk
This article appeared in an issue of the Daily Express in 2007.
Patrick Jephson who was once Princess Diana's private secretary told the Express's royal reporter Richard Palmer the reasons why he thought Diana would have loved Kate.
It's a sad today for my husband and I as we say our last goodbyes to his brother Ricky who passed last month on June 16th.
We all love and miss you alot Rick, especially that smile you always had on your face, and we hope that you are back again with Rod in heaven.
Today's Memories Of Diana is a special "Wimbledon" themed post from July 2nd 1981.
Charles and Diana were pictured attending the a men's semi-final match between John McEnroe and Australian player Rod Frawley.
On their arrival in the royal box Diana was greeted with a kiss and hug from ex King Constantine of Greece.
Diana wore a blue silk suit with cerise collar, cuffs and belt, and a cream blouse.
The Olympic Torch relay arrives in Northampton today and is due to make a special stop at Princess Diana's childhood home at Althorp.
The torch is due to arrive in Northampton at around 10.21am today and while the main torch is in transit from Northampton to Wellingborough – a so-called “spider” torch is set to go off on a detour to the Spencer family estate at *Althorp *where Princess Diana is buried. This torch is lit from one of the “mother” flames to “protect the integrity of the flame” while the main torch relay continues.
Earl and Countess Spencer play host to the Olympic Torch on the Athorp Estate near Northampton Credit: Hugo Philpott/PA Archive
Earl and Countess Spencer and 60 children from nearby Brington and Harlestone Primary Schools will greet the flame in front of Althorp House. In all 550 schoolchildren from ten local primary schools are taking part in the Althorp School Games, an event inspired by the Olympic Games. Each school will represent a different country.
"Over the past five centuries my family has welcomed many eminent guests to Althorp - from Lord Nelson to Nelson Mandela. Having the Olympic Flame pass through, on its great journey, will be another chapter in the record of this house, as a host to history."
– Earl Spencer
The route of the Olympic Torch through Northamptonshire on Monday 2 July. Credit: LOCOG/Microsoft
Source : ITV.com/news/anglia
It’s Princess Diana reincarnate (especially the hair) — as Naomi Watts is seen for the first time on the shoot of the film “Caught in Flight.”
The Australian-raised actress has openly admitted she worried about looking “nothing whatsoever like Princess Diana” — but the makeup artists and hairstylists have worked their movie magic.
Actress Naomi Watts seen for the first time in her role as Princess Diana, in the movie
"Caught In Flight" / Credit : Splash News
Princess Diana pictured during her famous Panorama interview with Martin Bashir, broadcast on November 20th 1995 / Credit : AP
Source : New York Post.com
This Memories Of Diana is a sad one because of it being Princess Diana's last birthday in 1997 when she became 36, and attended The 100th Birthday Celebration Of The Tate Gallery In London.
She looked radiant that evening in a stunning black evening gown by designer Jacques Azagury.
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Elizabeth Emanuel, best known for designing Diana, Princess of Wales’s wedding dress, is attempting to raise as much as £1.5m to fund her new design business.
Emanuel has hired Beer & Partners to help raise the money, capitalising in part on renewed interest in her designs following last year’s wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
The funds will help her new firm, Art of Being, to launch and to recruit a chief executive to run the business.
Elizabeth Emanuel is best known for designing Diana, Princess of Wales's wedding dress Photo: AP/Julian Simmonds
She hopes to focus on traditional couture as well as creating a ready-to-wear range. The fashion designer has spent much of the past week pitching to angel investors introduced to her by Beer & Partners, which specialises in raising money for small and medium-sized companies.
The funds will be raised in three parts, with an initial £150,000 expected to be raised by the end of this week, followed by £400,000 in September and the rest at some point next year.
Emanuel, who will be creative director, said: “The missing link at the moment is a chief executive who will have the most important input, besides me.”
Source : Daily Telegraph.co.uk
This vintage issue of WOMAN magazine from August 1st 1981 featured a look at what an astrologer thought Charles and Diana's married life would be like, and described their relationship as a "match made in heaven".
There was also a lovely double page poster of a portrait of the happy couple drawn by illustrator Len Thurston.