Monitor: Anniversary of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales

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The Independent Culture
THERE CAN be little doubt that the mob hysteria shipped up, in the main, by tabloid newspapers and their partners in crime in TV and radio, left a distinctly sour taste in the mouth. This was nowhere more the case than in the hounding of the Queen. What is heartening now is that, instead of demanding that the Queen be made to dance to the tune of the mob, the country appears to be taking its lead from her and her family.

Scotland on Sunday

FOR 12 MONTHS we have learned the lessons of grief. The princess who would not go quietly has humbled an arrogant, remote dynasty. Now the time for mourning is at an end. But those in high places should never forget - the time for learning goes on.

News of the World

IN A more mystical sense, she restored to royal life the quasi-religious ideal of the exalted coming down among the meek. Without knowing it, Diana revived and modified the medieval tradition of the "royal touch", bringing hope if not healing to the suffering and the dying.

The monarchy has emerged strengthened and more popular. Last week, the Queen signalled, with characteristic modesty, that the Royal Family still had lessons to learn from Diana's life and achievement. The Prince of Wales has evidently learnt many of them already.

The Sunday Telegraph

MR BLAIR is the least deferential of the Queen's prime ministers so far in her reign, but she has cause to be grateful to him, if a little wary. Opinion polls show the monarchy is riding high again. Gordon Brown's evocation of Diana's memory in Songs of Praise on BBC1 is another matter. The Chancellor runs the risk of appearing to exploiting a sad event. He should have followed Mr Blair's example, and left well alone.

The Sunday Times

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