I don't go by the rule book... I lead from the heart, not the head. - Princess Diana
Diana, Princess of Wales was the youngest daughter of the late Earl Spencer and of Frances, his first countess, who were divorced when she was a small child. Very much part of the Royal Family's circle, she was apparently chosen as a possible wife for Charles, Prince of Wales, by his mistress, Camilla Parker Bowles (now his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall) and they married in 1981, producing two sons, Princes William and Harry. However, Diana never came to terms with the role she had been cast in. She learnt to use her position for her favourite causes, working in particular for AIDS victims and to promote a ban on anti-personnel mines. After love affairs on both sides, the marriage collapsed and Diana and Charles were divorced in 1996. Soon after beginning a new affair with Anglo-Egyptian playboy Dodi Fayed, Diana was killed in a car crash in Paris on 31 August, 1997. After Diana's death, there was a huge outpouring of grief in Britain and overseas, with millions of people finding her the human face of the Royal Family.
Diana, Princess of Wales - TV.com. TV.com. Retrieved on January 30th, 2009, from http://www.tv.com/diana-princess-of-wales/person/206642/biography.html.
Do you know these words?
Match the words on the left with their definitions on the right.
||unusual or special in some way
||to express a feeling which you have been trying not to show
||to pass something from one person or place to another
||to separate something or someone from other things or people
||to study or examine something in detail
||the basic and most important part of something
||one part of a situation, problem, subject, etc
||a group of supporters or patrons
||a quality or characteristic that someone or something has
||to not give someone the love and attention they want and are expecting from you
||difficult to understand or find an answer to because of having many different parts
||representing; instead of
||to cause something to exist
||a sum of money saved, collected or provided for a particular purpose
||a way of acting which people in a particular society have continued to follow for a long time
||the power and ability to be physically and mentally active
||happening, done or chosen by chance rather than according to a plan
||forming the base, from which everything else originates
||to take goods or people from one place to another
||without taking any notice of or being influenced by
||the amount of respect, admiration or importance given to a person
Earl Spencer's eulogy for Princess Diana - September 6th, 1997
I stand before you today the representative of a family in grief, in a country in mourning before a world in shock. We are all united not only in our desire to pay our respects to Diana but rather in our need to do so. For such was her extraordinary appeal that the tens of millions of people taking part in this service all over the world via television and radio who never actually met her, feel that they too lost someone close to them in the early hours of Sunday morning. It is a more remarkable tribute to Diana than I can ever hope to offer her today.
Diana was the very essence of compassion, of duty, of style, of beauty. All over the world she was a symbol of selfless humanity. All over the world, a standard-bearer for the rights of the truly downtrodden, a very British girl who transcended nationality. Someone with a natural nobility who was classless and who proved in the last year that she needed no royal title to continue to generate her particular brand of magic. Today is our chance to say thank you for the way you brightened our lives, even though God granted you but half a life. We will all feel cheated always that you were taken from us so young and yet we must learn to be grateful that you came along at all. Only now that you are gone do we truly appreciate what we are now without, and we want you to know that life without you is very, very difficult. We have all despaired at your loss over the past week and only the strength of the message you gave us through your years of giving has afforded us the strength to move forward. There is a temptation to rush to canonize your memory; there is no need to do so. You stand tall enough as a human being of unique qualities not to need to be seen as a saint. Indeed, to sanctify your memory would be to miss out on the very core of your being, your wonderfully mischievous sense of humor with a laugh that bent you double. Your joy for life transmitted wherever you took your smile and the sparkle in those unforgettable eyes. Your boundless energy which you could barely contain.
But your greatest gift was your intuition, and it was a gift you used wisely. This is what underpinned all your other wonderful attributes and if we look to analyze what it was about you that had such a wide appeal we find it in your instinctive feel for what was really important in all our lives. Without your God-given sensitivity we would be immersed in greater ignorance at the anguish of AIDS and HIV sufferers, the plight of the homeless, the isolation of lepers, the random destruction of landmines. Diana explained to me once that it was her innermost feelings of suffering that made it possible for her to connect with her constituency of the rejected. And here we come to another truth about her. For all the status, the glamour, the applause, Diana remained throughout a very insecure person at heart, almost childlike in her desire to do good for others so she could release herself from deep feelings of unworthiness of which her eating disorders were merely a symptom. The world sensed this part of her character and cherished her for her vulnerability whilst admiring her for her honesty.
The last time I saw Diana was on July 1, her birthday, in London, when typically she was not taking time to celebrate her special day with friends but was guest of honor at a special charity fund-raising evening. She sparkled of course, but I would rather cherish the days I spent with her in March when she came to visit me and my children in our home in South Africa. I am proud of the fact that apart from when she was on display meeting President Mandela we managed to contrive to stop the ever-present paparazzi from getting a single picture of her - that meant a lot to her.
These were days I will always treasure. It was as if we had been transported back to our childhood when we spent such an enormous amount of time together - the two youngest in the family. Fundamentally she had not changed at all from the big sister who mothered me as a baby, fought with me at school and endured those long train journeys between our parents' homes with me at weekends. It is a tribute to her levelheadedness and strength that despite the most bizarre-like life imaginable after her childhood, she remained intact, true to herself. There is no doubt that she was looking for a new direction in her life at this time. She talked endlessly of getting away from England, mainly because of the treatment that she received at the hands of the newspapers. I don't think she ever understood why her genuinely good intentions were sneered at by the media, why there appeared to be a permanent quest on their behalf to bring her down. It is baffling. My own and only explanation is that genuine goodness is threatening to those at the opposite end of the moral spectrum.
It is a point to remember that of all the ironies about Diana, perhaps the greatest was this - a girl given the name of the ancient goddess of hunting was, in the end, the most hunted person of the modern age. She would want us today to pledge ourselves to protecting her beloved boys William and Harry from a similar fate and I do this here, Diana, on your behalf. We will not allow them to suffer the anguish that used regularly to drive you to tearful despair. Beyond that, on behalf of your mother and sisters, I pledge that we, your blood family, will do all we can to continue the imaginative way in which you were steering these two exceptional young men so that their souls are not simply immersed by duty and tradition but can sing openly as you planned. We fully respect the heritage into which they have both been born and will always respect and encourage them in their royal role but we, like you, recognize the need for them to experience as many different aspects of life as possible to arm them spiritually and emotionally for the years ahead. I know you would have expected nothing less from us. William and Harry, we all care desperately for you today. We are all chewed up with the sadness at the loss of a woman who was not even our mother. How great your suffering is, we cannot even imagine.
I would like to end by thanking God for the small mercies he has shown us at this dreadful time. For taking Diana at her most beautiful and radiant and when she had joy in her private life. Above all we give thanks for the life of a woman I am so proud to be able to call my sister, the unique, the complex, the extraordinary and irreplaceable Diana whose beauty, both internal and external, will never be extinguished from our minds. "
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Word Count 1214
|4 Reading Quiz
Match the parts of Earl Spencer's eulogy on the left to their subtitles on the right.
||Her problems with the media
||Her special qualities & achievements
||Not just a family, but a world, in mourning
Read Earl Spencer's eulogy above. Then choose the right answer to the questions from below.
1 According to Earl Spencer's speech, what was Princess Diana a symbol of?
||style and beauty
2 Without using your dictionary, what do you think "canonize" means?
|to always think about
||to make a saint of
3 According to Earl Spencer's speech, what was Princess Diana's greatest gift?
4 What did Princess Diana suffer from?
||an eating disorder
||her innermost feelings
5 What was Princess Diana doing the last time Earl Spencer met her?
|She was celebrating with friends.
||She was fund-raising.
||She was having a birthday party.
||She was with Nelson Mandela.
6 What did Earl Spencer think was a threat to the media?
||Princess Diana's good intentions
7 What do you think "to be chewed up" means?
|to be confused
||to be hurt
||to be sad
||to suffer from an eating disorder
8 In the final sentence of part 6, who does "your" refer to?
|Earl Spencer's mother
||the listeners of the speech
||William and Harry
9 What pronouns does Earl Spencer mainly use for Diana in the first two parts of his speech?
|I and my
||it and its
||she and her
||you and your
10 What pronouns does Earl Spencer mainly use for Diana in the last four parts of his speech?
|I and my
||it and its
||she and her
||you and your
Diana and landmines: http://www.eflclub.com/people/diana/diana.html
|6 Listening Quiz
1 According to the video, what is the purpose of a landmine?
2 Today, what percent of landmine victims are civilians?
3 How many times in a day is a landmine stepped on somewhere in the world?
4 How much does it cost to make a landmine?
5 How much does it cost to remove a landmine?
6 What are some landmines designed to look like?
7 Of the 26,000 people that die annually from landmines, what percentage are children?
8 In the video, which two countries did Princess Diana visit?
9 How many countries signed the Mine Ban Treaty on December 3rd, 1997 in Ottowa, Canada?
10 Which three countries did the speaker mention as not signing the Mine Ban Treaty?
1 Princess Diana once said "I lead from the heart, not the head." When do you choose feelings over thinking?
2 Princess Diana got married when she was twenty. Was she too young, and what age is a good age for you to get married?
3 Princess Diana worked for various charities during her lifetime. If you had the time, what charity or cause would you like to work for?
4 Who in your country is similar to Princess Diana, and how are they similar?
5 Princess Diana's last relationship was with someone of a different culture and language to her own. Could you do similarly?
6 Princess Diana had to cope with divorce in her life. Who do you know who has been affected by divorce?
7 Princess Diana was often chased by press photographers? Were they just doing their job, or were they invading her privacy?
8 The driver of Princess Diana's car had been drinking on the night of the crash. What do you think of drink driving?
9 What are your country's alcohol laws?
10 Princess Diana suffered from an eating disorder. What is a healthy eating habit for you?
11 Have you ever raised funds for anything? What did you do?
12 What do you think about landmines?
13 What do you think is the best way to get rid of the world's landmines?
14 What do you think of royalty, or countries that have royal families?
15 Would you like to be a member of a royal family? Why or Why not?
16 If you had to make a speech about someone in your family, who would you talk about and what would you say?
17 If someone in your famiy had to make a speech about you, who would talk about you, and what would he or she say?
18 Which is more important to you, internal beauty or external beauty?
19 At the end of Earl Spencer's speech, he thanks God. Who, if anyone, is God in your life?
20 What do you think Princess Diana will be remembered for most?
1 What relation was Princess Diana to Earl Spencer?
2 When did Princess Diana first personally experience divorce in her family?
3 What are the names of Princess Diana's children?
4 What charities, or good causes, was Princess Diana involved in during her life?
5 How old was Princess Diana when she died?
6 What is the opposite of "internal"?
7 What does "enormous" mean?
8 What is another one word way of saying "not confident"?
9 About how much does it cost to make a landmine?
10 Name three countries which did not sign to the Mine Ban Treaty of 1997.
1 What did Princess Diana use to do for a living?
2 What was Princess Diana not wearing on the day of her death?
3 About how many people watched the funeral of Princess Diana's on TV in 1997?
4 Who sang "Candle in the Wind" at Princess Diana's funeral?
5 Who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom at the time of Princess Diana's death?
6 Who was the President of America who failed to sign the Mine Ban Treaty in 1997?
7 What percentage of the world's countries have not yet signed the Mine Ban Treaty of 1997?
8 Dodi Fayed also died in the same car accident as Princess Diana. Which London department store does his father own?
9 Nelson Mandela, the former president of South Africa, won a Nobel Prize in 1993. What was it for?
10 Which actor danced with Princess Diana until midnight at the White House in 1985?