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20th Anniversary of Princess Diana's Death to be Marked by a Year-long Celebration
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20th Anniversary of Princess Diana's Death to be Marked by a Year-long Celebration

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Social Content Editor
Updated: 30 March 2017
This year is the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s tragic death in 1997. To honour this occasion, The Diana Award – a charity established in honour of the princess that supports young people throughout the world – plans to celebrate the life of the late royal with a year-long celebration. E! reports that these celebrations will include various awards, a mobile app and a new holiday dubbed ‘National Kindness Day’.

Earl Charles Spencer (Diana’s brother) will also host a gala fundraiser at the family’s Northamptonshire home in June. A documentary, Walking in Her Shoes, will honour all the winners of the charity’s legacy award – an award set up to highlight the Princess’s humanitarian work.

While unconfirmed, it is likely both Prince William and Prince Harry will be involved in the events.

The news comes days after William and Harry both opened up about their mother’s death in separate interviews with Vanity Fair and Town and Country.

Harry, who has continued his mother’s philanthropic work, spoke of how Diana inspired him to pursue charity work in Africa:

“I first came in 1997, straight after my mum died. My dad told my brother and me to pack our bags – we were going to Africa to get away from it all,” the prince told Town and Country.

William, who works closely with grieving children at Child Bereavement UK, continues his mother’s work by helping children coping with losses in the family. Speaking to one child at a charity event in London last week, Prince William said: “I lost my mummy when I was very young, too. It’s very important to talk about it – very, very important.”

The 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death is on August 31, 2017.

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