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Diana's dear friend Nelson Mandela has passed away this evening. This news comes as a shock tonight because Diana's Son William and Daughter In law are attending the Premier of the biographical film of Mandela's life The Long Walk to Freedom.  In 1997 Diana was invited to the home of president Mandela which would be the only public photo of her during her  final trip to South Africa that year.

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In 2002 Mr Mandela  paid a visit to Althorp and laid a wreath at the grave site of his friend.

He also planted a oak tree in her memory there.

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DL Member Beth with the tree Planted by President Nelson Mandela

DL Member Beth with the tree Planted by President Nelson Mandela

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Last night was the premiere of the Lifetime movie The House of Versace. The film is based on the life of Donatella Versace and her family after the death of Gianni Versace in 1997. I expected to see Diana make some sort of appearance but she was every where in this film it really makes you think about how much influnce she had on the brand at the time.Who knew at the time of her divorce that the Versace's  was really trying to help Diana break free of the royal restraints in her wardrobe. In this film she was mentioned at least seven times and shown on screen via real footage through out the film. . Many  would wonder why she was such a major influnce in this movie one reason is because she helped put VERSACE on the map,  she also was a friend of the family.The way Diana was put in this film was very tastful and there wasn't any cheesy actress portraying her.

::Photos from the Film::

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Aunt Lucia  tells the family about Diana's Accident

Aunt Lucia tells the family about Diana's Accident

The Versace Family watches the news report on Diana 's accident

The Versace Family watches the news report on Diana 's accident

Diana appears in a news report about the rumors surrounding her death.

Diana appears in a news report about the rumors surrounding her death. Donatella gets upset because of the lies and accuses the press of killing her.

Donatello Sees Dianain the blue dress and remembers how Diana  said she loved the gown and how she just danced and danced in it.

Donatella sees Diana in the blue dress and remembers how Diana said she loved the gown and how she just danced and danced wearing it.

::A look at Diana's Versace Wardrobe::

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These gowns are also made for Diana by Versace

there were made for foreign tours and private functions

they are currently on display in the Diana a Celebration exhibit

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 DESIGNED BY VERSACE IN THE 1990'S, FOR A FOREIGN VISIT TO AN ARAB COUNTRY.
::Diana at Her Friend Gianni's Funeral::

This is the last time Diana ever wore  Versace a few months later we would lose Diana.

It was at Gianni's funeral that Diana and Elton John made up after a silly rift between them over the book

Rock and Royalty.

Diana was asked by Elton to write the Foreword to Gianni's book and when she found

out that it had featured nude photos  she refused to be a part of it.

This led to Diana and Elton not speaking for awhile.

Thank god they were able to make up before the tragic ending to Diana's life.

The last time Diana would wear VERSACE

The last time Diana would wear VERSACE

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Naomi Watts paid tribute to Diana by wearing Versace  to the Premier of her  movie DIANA

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Princess Diana biographer Andrew Morton has been injured while on his honeymoon in a fatal car crash that killed a woman and baby.

The 58-year-old biographer and journalist suffered broken ribs and his new wife Carolyn, 51, a broken sternum, during the collision on a remote road near Kruger National Park in South Africa.

The couple were on their way to the airport to fly back to Britain after their two-week honeymoon when they collided with another car, 40 miles from the city of Nelspruit in the north east of the country yesterday.

Andrew Morton, pictured on his wedding day to Caroyln, suffered broken ribs while Carolyn broke her sternum, in the collision near Kruger National Park in South Africa yesterdayWould be dead: Andrew Morton, pictured on his wedding day to Caroyln, suffered broken ribs while Carolyn broke her sternum, in the collision near Kruger National Park in South Africa yesterday

Mr Morton and wife Carolyn were being driven in this car to the airport to return home to Britain after their two-week trip when the collision occurredHurt on honeymoon: Mr Morton and wife Carolyn were being driven in this car to the airport to return home to Britain after their two-week trip when the collision occurred

A woman and two-month-old baby in the other car were killed, and another occupant suffered serious injuries and was taken to Matikwane Hospital in Mpumalanga, South Africa.

Mr Morton has written a biography on Princess Diana that was revised after her death in a horrific car accident, and others on William and Catherine, Monica Lewinsky and Victoria and David Beckham.

 

He was in a vehicle being driven by local driver Johan Scholtz of Tamboti Tours when they collided head on with a Honda car.

From his hospital bed in South Africa, Mr Morton was quoted by the Evening Standard saying: ‘I am well under the circumstances. The other people are dead.

A woman and two-month-old baby in the silver Honda, pictured left, were killed and another person was seriously injuredA woman and two-month-old baby in the silver Honda, pictured left, were killed and another person was seriously injured

 

Driver Johan Scholtz who was driving Mr Morton said the other car drove toward them at high speed as he was driving up a steep hillHorrible hit: Driver Johan Scholtz who was driving Mr Morton said the other car drove toward them at high speed as he was driving up a steep hill

‘Had my wife and I not been wearing safety belts, we would have been dead.

‘It was a marvellous holiday. We were watching lions and a female leopard shortly before hitting the road and that horrible accident happened.’

The couple were taken to a medical centre at Nelspruit nearby and Mrs Morton has since been discharged. Mr Morton remains in hospital for observation.

Driver Mr Scholtz said that he was driving up a steep hill when the Honda drove toward them at high speed.

Mr Morton's biography on Princess Diana was a bestseller after she responded on tape to his questions including her battle with bulimia and heartache over her husband's affairInternational success: Mr Morton's biography on Princess Diana was a bestseller after she responded on tape to his questions including her battle with bulimia and heartache over her husband's affair

Secret tapes: Mr Morton wrote a biography on Diana in 1992 based on taped responses Diana gave to his written questions about her life before marrying Prince Charles in 1981 (pictured)Secret tapes: Mr Morton wrote a biography on Diana in 1992 based on taped responses Diana gave to his written questions about her life before marrying Prince Charles in 1981 (pictured)

 

 

Mr Morton wrote international bestseller Diana: Her True Story in 1992 and a revised edition after her death based on taped responses from Diana to his written questions.

Those recordings, about seven hours of taped responses, were secretly made in Kensington Palace in 1991 during a series of interviews conducted through an intermediary.

In the tapes, the princess talks openly about her life before marrying Prince Charles, her long battle with bulimia, her suicide attempts, the heartache over her husband's long affair with Camilla Parker Bowles and her strained relationships with other members of the Royal family.

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Bestselling biographer: Mr Morton (left) has written biographies about other Royals including William and Catherine as well as celebrities such as Victoria and David Beckham (right) and Tom Cruise

 

 

Actress Joely Richardson joined stars from the fashion world to pay tribute to one of the UK's most well-known designers - Catherine Walker.Richardson was among well-wishers who gathered at a private memorial service for the couturier at St Luke's Church in Chelsea, south-west London.Walker, 65, was a favourite of Diana, Princess of Wales, providing her with many of her most famous outfits.

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The designer fought a long battle with cancer before dying at a hospital near her Sussex home last September.Others attending the service included Lady Gabriella Windsor, designers Bruce Oldfield and Jasper Conran and actress Susan Hampshire.Harper's Bazaar editor Lucy Yeomans was also among those paying tribute, as well as Diana's Friend Rosa Monckton, in a vibrant pink coat.

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Fashion elite: Guests included Harpers Bazaar editor Lucy Yeomans (left), and Walker's fellow designers Bruce Oldfield (centre) and Jasper Conran (right)
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Actress Olivia Williams also went for a vibrant hue in a scarlet coat that appeared to be one of Walker's designs.

Memorial service: Catherine Walker fought a long battle with cancer before dying at a hospital near her Sussex home last SeptemberMemorial service: Catherine Walker fought a long battle with cancer before dying at a hospital near her Sussex home last September

Born in France, Walker made a name for herself in Britain as one of the country's leading couture designers.

She first worked with Diana three months after her wedding to Prince Charles in 1981.

The Princess was buried in a black dress designed by Walker that she had bought in the weeks leading up to her death.

Walker studied philosophy at the Universities of Lille and Aix-en Province, then moved to London after meeting solicitor John Walker.

He died suddenly in an accident in 1975, leaving Walker to raise their two young daughters alone.

She started studying fashion at night school the following year, selling clothes from a basket on Kings Road in Chelsea during the day, and then set up her own business.

Walker, who also designed a wedding dress for Lady Helen Taylor, was unusual for staying out of the limelight during her career, choosing not to show her collections on the runway.

Her designs spoke for themselves, however, with Walker named Designer of the Year for Couture at the British Fashion Awards in 1990 and Designer of the Year for Glamour the following year.

Diana in a Catherine Walker dress
Diana in a Catherine Walker dress
Diana in a Catherine Walker jacket

 High-profile: Walker's designs were a favourite with Diana, who regularly wore her couture pieces.

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