Her’s Day Thursday

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With the twentieth anniversary of her untimely death this year, I thought it would appropriate to highlight one of my favorite women in modern history–Princess Diana. I’ve always been a huge fan of anything and everything British and a superfan of the British royals.

We all know the story of her unhappy marriage, rife with infidelity and lack of support from the very start, so I will not spend anymore time on that. Instead, I’d like to focus on her amazing impact and legacy “The People’s Princess” has left behind.

Her work with AIDS victims

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Back in the late 1980’s/early 19990’s, not a lot was known about HIV/AIDS. People were afraid to be in the same room with those afflicted with AIDS, let alone touch them. Princess Diana helped to break that stigma by using her “celebrity” to bring focus to not only the disease itself, but also to the humans suffering. She did this by going to various hospitals and touching, holding, and just showing genuine care and affection toward those with HIV/AIDS.

 

Her fight to rid Bosnia of landmines

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As a patron of The Halo Trust, Diana went to one of the most war-torn areas in the world at the time–Bosnia. She visited those who had been injured or lost someone due to the astronomical amount of landmines left over from a brutal civil war. Of the injured, children made up much of the victims.

 

Her homeless initiatives

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When Diana first became a royal, she made homelessness her top charitable priority. She was blown away at the amount of homeless–teens and veterans especially–there were in the capital city. Diana wanted to help those in need and also show her sons that they, too, needed to be aware of other people’s needs by taking her princes with her to The Passage, a homeless shelter in London. Prince William is still a patron of the charity and visits.

 

These are just a few examples of the way that Princess Diana was able to bring awareness to problems facing the world by her visits to various hospitals, hospices, orphanages, third-world countries and even her own backyard. Her impact can still be seen today, through the good works of her sons, Princes William and Harry.

 

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Her’s Day Thursday

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As many of you know, I am a HUGE Anglophile. Anything and everything British, I absolutely adore, especially the royal family. I may not always agree with their politics, but there is something about them that I can’t help but love! And, one of the royals just celebrated a HUGE accomplishment. This is why she is today’s wonderful woman highlighted on Her’s Day Thursday!

 

Queen Elizabeth II has now surpassed her great, great grandmother in becoming England’s longest reigning monarch! Queen Elizabeth II took the throne on February 6, 1952. (For those of you who have seen the Doctor Who episode titled “The Idiot’s Lantern”, you have seen some of the footage of her coronation and know what a big deal it was that her coronation was televised. And yes, I get much of my history knowledge from DW.)

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She has met twelve U.S. Presidents, twelve British Prime Ministers, and even has a message written to the crew of the Apollo 11 that is microfilmed and STILL on the moon today!

 

Though many see her as a staunch, stiff-upper-lipped symbol of old-fashioned times, she has actually helped push the royal family into modern times. She set out a formal decree ensuring that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s firstborn (whether it was to be a boy or a girl) would have royal titles and be placed in the line of succession. This was a huge moment because had Prince George been a girl and the queen not changed the law; the princess would have been replaced in the line of succession by her younger brother.

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Queen Elizabeth also strives to be relatable to the public. She is the only royal who has taken a car maintenance course and even changed her own spark plugs during the Second World War! The queen collected clothing coupons for her wedding dress as a sign of solidarity during the rationing in the 1940’s.

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The queen continues to try and modernize the monarchy, by taking steps to shut down the Civil List (the public fund that provides funds to the royal family), make private treasures available for public viewing, and become more accessible, herself, to the public.

 

Its good to be queen.

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