Home Video & Personal Photographs Needed for BBC Diana, Princess of Wales, Documentary

There’s a new documentary on Diana, Princess of Wales in the works to commemorate the 20th anniversary of her death. Filmmakers are in the process of gathering photographs and videos from the days in-between her death and funeral and I’ve included their ask below for more detail. If you have anything on hand that may be of use and are willing to share, please do consider reaching out to them at the email listed below. The full flyer can be accessed here.

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H O M E  V I D E O  &  P E R S O N A L  P H O T O G R A P H S  N E E D E D  F O R
B B C   D I A N A,  P R I N C E S S  O F  W A L E S, D O C U M E N T A R Y

Sandpaper Films are producing a documentary about Diana, Princess of Wales to mark the 20th anniversary of her death.  

We are looking for people willing to share personal home video footage or photographs that document the days that followed The Princess’s tragic death, and which also reflect what Diana meant to them. 

Did you travel to London to pay your respects to her? Were you on the cortege route on the day of the funeral? What did you capture on video or in photographs of those six days following the death of Diana? If you have any material which you would be willing to share we’d love to hear from you at: dianadocumentary@sandpaperfilms.com

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Prince Harry’s Newsweek Profile

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Oh my, we have another live one. American magazine Newsweek has been given access to Prince Harry over the course of the “best part of the past year” and yesterday published a lengthy profile on him, covering topics from the death of his mother, his “transformation” and the future of the monarchy. Harry has had a bit of a turnaround over the last few years, most dramatically in the last 12 to 18 months. The three things that jump to my mind as particularly pivotal are the press release Kensington Palace issued on his behalf regarding his relationship with American actress Meghan Markle, his incredibly candid interview with The Telegraph podcast released in April and the nature of his charity work, which I believe can be viewed as picking up the mantle of the late Princess of Wales.

This year started off in an uncertain place for the Royal Family. Or, more specifically, it wasn’t clear what exactly they were all doing. The KP press release was a complete 180 from the frigid and terse statements usually released when commenting (or rather, not commenting) on the personal lives of members of the family. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had spent the second half of 2015 and 2016 receiving their first wave of serious criticism about their lack of accessibility and relatively low engagement numbers. Meanwhile, the Queen had just celebrated her 90th birthday and there seemed to be a complete disconnect between the older and younger generations.

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The Queen’s Speech 2017

The Queen’s speech at the State Opening of Parliament earlier today is being referred to as “somber” by the media . The tone isn’t surprising given recent events in the UK, from the terror attacks in London and Manchester to the Grenfell Tower fire to the recent election that only increased political uncertainty. Consideration of the public mood was apparent even in a purely Royal celebration at Trooping the Colour on Saturday via the Palace’s statement beforehand.

So, there was little chance this speech was going to strike a tone of overt optimism, but it was critically important this year, not least of which is because it was announced a few days ago this session of Parliament will last two years instead of one. The move is meant to ensure there is no disruption to a successful Brexit, but it also highlights the actual weight of the crown in the midst of chaos.

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Ascot 2017 & the Tangled Windsor Web (Updated)

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Observing a moment of silence for the victims of recent terror attacks

Surprise! The Duchess of Cambridge made an appearance at Ascot today alongside her husband, the Duke of Cambridge, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie and Zara Tindall, among others. It was such a family affair that even Michael and Carole Middleton were seen in the Royal enclosure. But the true star of the show was the Queen herself, who has been attending the event annually alongside her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, since the ’50s. True to form, she was there today, rocking a lime green coat and hat, handbag and gloves properly in place.

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Trooping the Colour 2017

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Where to begin – the children, the dress or the Queen? I guess the Queen since she’s the one running the show here. For those unfamiliar with the ceremony, Trooping the Colour is an annual military ceremony that also officially commemorates the sovereign’s birthday. Each year the Queen and members of the Royal Family travel down the Mall and the Queen inspects her troops. Generally framed as a joyful celebration of national pride, this year’s was a bit more solemn.

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Kate is Wearing Pants, We’re on the Razor’s Edge

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Stop everything, because our favorite duchess debuted a pair of nautical-themed trousers today. This is “important,” because Kate almost exclusively sticks to dresses and skirts and when she does wear pants, they are usually for an athletic-themed engagement and are her favorite J. Brand skinnies. Once in a blue moon we’ll see some J. Crew black jeans. There was quite the furor when she was spotted wearing a trendy print a while back. But pants suitable for professional settings (i.e. her engagements) are generally not a part of the routine.

I’ll admit that I had never  noticed this until it started getting called out a couple years ago and once you see it, you can’t really “unsee” it. So, here we are: Kate wore a pair of navy cropped pants from J. Crew featuring gold buttons. Oh em gee.

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Kate Makes a Surprise Visit to King’s College Hospital

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The Duchess of Cambridge made an unannounced trip to King’s College Hospital in Denmark Hill to meet and visit the staff who treated victims of the recent terror attack in London. The hospital cared for 14 victims, most of whom were suffering from stab wounds and some of whom are still receiving round-the-clock care.

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Trump’s State Visit to the UK on Hold

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There’s been little news about the planned trip of U.S. President Donald Trump’s visit to the UK since Parliament debated it back in February. Originally slated for June, it was pushed back to October, the spring slot filled by Spain’s King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia (which was in turn delayed until July). Apparently this is because Trump has told Prime Minister Theresa May that he doesn’t wish to visit until it will have the support of the British public – an unlikely scenario given the protests that broke out in London over the winter and the million+ Britons who signed a petition to downgrade the visit from “state” to just “official.”

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William on the Cover of British GQ

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A month after the Heads Together push leading up to the London Marathon, the Duke of Cambridge has debuted on the cover of British GQ with an accompanying interview in which he discusses why mental health issues are important to him. A black and white photo of him with his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, and their two children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, is also included. Most critically, the real star of the family has his moment in the spotlight: Lupo, the cocker spaniel.

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