A speech by The Queen at the opening of a memorial fountain to the late Diana, Princess of Wales
Published 06 July 2004
You have given the Park, at the very heart of our capital city that Diana knew so well, a highly original memorial which captures something of the essence of a remarkable human being.
Secretary of State, Lord Spencer, Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is sometimes difficult to believe that it is now nearly seven years since we heard the news that Diana, Princess of Wales had been killed in a car crash in Paris.
Certainly the days that followed are etched on my memory as we as a family and nation came to terms with the loss, united by an extraordinary sense of shock, grief and sadness.
By any standard Diana's tragic death held the attention of the world. Central to this remains the extraordinary effect Diana had on those around her. Her drive to empathise with those in difficulty, hardship or distress, her willingness to embrace a new cause, her shrewd ability to size up all those she met, allowed her not only to touch people's lives but to change them.
This is her wider legacy. But I cannot forget - and nor can those of us here today who knew her much more personally, as sister, wife, mother, or daughter-in-law - the Diana who made such an impact on our lives. Of course there were difficult times, but memories mellow with the passing of the years. I remember especially the happiness she gave to my two grandsons.
Such memories are most people's memorials; the departed live on in those they have helped to shape in life. But for some exceptional people there is a need for something more, a permanent and more public recognition. Creating a memorial to Diana has been no easy task.
To present a likeness seemed at best unnecessary for someone whose image continues to exert such a fascination the world over. To find some other way to capture her spirit has been the challenge.
I congratulate those who have created the memorial before us. I thank both the design team for the imagination which they have brought to this project and those who have realised their concept with such care and craftsmanship.
I believe that you have given the Park, at the very heart of our capital city that Diana knew so well, a highly original memorial which captures something of the essence of a remarkable human being
I think Diana would have enjoyed it; and I believe she would want all of us to do so too.
Ladies and Gentlemen, on behalf of Charles, William, Harry and all my family and of all the Spencer family with us today, I have much pleasure in declaring the Diana, Princess of Wales, Memorial Fountain open.
A message of condolence from Her Majesty The Queen to the Prime Minister of Haiti
I am deeply saddened by the tragic loss of life and destruction caused by the earthquake in Haiti. My thoughts and prayers are with those who have lost their lives, loved ones...
The Queen's message to The King of Belgium
Prince Philip and I have been deeply shocked and saddened by the loss of life and injuries after the terrorist attack in Brussels.
The Queen's Commonwealth Day Message, 10 March 2014
The understanding that we belong together, and are able, through teamwork, to achieve far more than we could do alone, has always been at the heart of our approach.
Message from The Queen to the new King, King Salman of Saudi Arabia
The Queen's message following the helicopter crash in Glasgow
Message of condolence following recent tragic events in the USA
Message of condolence following the death of the King of Tonga
Message of Condolence following the death of President Kaczynski
The Queen's message following the recent flooding across Britain
The Queen's broadcast to the Armed Forces, 1 July 2009
I greatly hope that the Elizabeth Cross will give further meaning to the nation’s debt of gratitude to the families and loved ones of those who have died in the service of our...
The Queen's message of sympathy to Bangladesh following Cyclone Sidr
The Queen's message of sympathy to those affected by flooding in the UK
The Queen's message to counties affected by severe flooding in the UK
Message of condolence to Mr Whatumoana Paki, Turangawaewae Maree
Message to the President of Pakistan following the earthquake
Message to the President of the USA following Hurricane Katrina
World War II commemorative event, Horse Guards Parade, 10 July 2005
An act of remembrance is an act of honour.
Royal London Hospital, following terrorist bombs in London, 8 July 2005
Atrocities such as these simply reinforce our sense of community, our humanity, and our trust in the rule of law. That is the clear message from us all.
Message to congratulate the successful London 2012 Olympic bid team
Message to the public following their response to tsunami appeal
Message to the Foreign Secretary following the Boxing Day tsunami
Statement by The Queen following death of HRH Princess Alice
60th anniversary D-Day commemoration in Arromanches, 6 June 2004
I take it upon myself to express the immense debt of gratitude we owe to you all. I salute you, and thank you on behalf of our whole nation.
Official commemoration of the 60th anniversary of D-Day in France, 6 June 2004
The sixtieth anniversary of the Normandy Landings is a moment for thanksgiving, and a moment of commemoration.
Message to a memorial service in St. Thomas Church, New York
Visit to Stormont, Northern Ireland, 14 May 2002
This Assembly can demonstrate that it is possible to build trust, and in doing so continue the building of a new Northern Ireland.
The death of Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, 8 April 2002
I thank you for the support you are giving me and my family as we come to terms with her death and the void she has left in our midst.