LONDON (December 12, 2006) — Princes William and Harry said Tuesday that they are planning a pop concert and memorial service next year to mark the 46th birthday of their mother, Princess Diana, and the 10th anniversary of her death.
The concert is to feature some of Diana’s favorite music and will be “full of energy, full of the sort of fun and happiness which I know she would have wanted,” William said in an interview with his father’s press secretary, Patrick Harrison, which was released to the media.
The band Duran Duran will perform along with Elton John, who sang “Candle in the Wind” at Diana’s funeral. The concert will also include a performance by the English National Ballet and songs by Andrew Lloyd Webber in honor of the princess’ love of dancing and theater.
The concert is planned for July 1, Diana’s 46th birthday, at Wembley Stadium in London. Money raised from the concert will go to charities the princess supported.
A memorial service is also planned at an undisclosed location in London on Aug. 31, 10 years after the princess’ fatal car crash in a Paris tunnel.
Diana died along with her friend Dodi Fayed and their driver when their Mercedes crashed inside the Pont d’Alma tunnel as media photographers pursued them.
Members of the royal family, including Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, Prince Charles, the princes’ stepmother, Camilla, and Princess Diana’s siblings plan to attend the memorial service.
“The service is going to include both sides of the family, our mother’s side and our father’s side — everyone getting together,” Harry said.