The Diana Award was established two years after the death of Diana, Princess of Wales in a horrific car crash in Paris. It focuses on several issues, mainly bullying. Its main focus is presenting the Diana Award to youth who practice the values and qualities the late Princess modelled during her short life. The 31st of August will mark the 20th anniversary of the death of Princes William and Harry’s mother. The Diana Award has announced a series of initiatives to be held this year that will promote the qualities Diana exhibited – kindness, compassion, and service.
The late Princess was a strong advocate for youth changing the world; this will also be a component of these events, which Princes William and Harry are said to attend several throughout 2017.
Tessy Ojo, the Executive Director of the Diana Award told The Daily Express about this year-long programme: “What’s 2017 all about? It’s about celebrating the legacy of Princess Diana, 20 years on. Diana, Princess of Wales was known worldwide for her values of compassion, her values of kindness and her values of service to others.”
One special day to commemorate her death will be in March. The National Kindness Day promotes doing something kind for someone else. Another component of the programme will take place at Earl Spencer’s home, Althorp, in Northamptonshire. Diana’s brother will host an exhibition showcasing 20 Diana Award recipients. These are young people who embody the values of the late Princess, who are active in their communities and who, through their work, are bringing social change to their communities.
Nominations for the International Legacy Award are open to those Diana Award recipients of the 2016-17 academic year ages nine through 18. The deadline to nominate someone is 17 March 2017.
“Twenty years on, we at the Diana Award know that her values and her legacy live on through the tens of thousands of young people who only know her as a historic figure, but are committed to continuing those values,” said Tessy Ojo.