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Lewis Hamilton has penned a poem to Princess Diana and the reviews are in

From podiums to poems – what do you make of Lewis’s effort?

A day after the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death, three-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton posted a self-penned poem in her memory.

Diana died in a Paris car crash on August 31 1997, while her warmth, compassion and empathy for those she met earned her the description the “people’s princess”.

Hamilton posted his poem, accompanied by a montage of Diana photographs, to Instagram. It is entitled: ‘Englands Rose’.

Englands Rose The day we lost our Nations Rose Tears we cried like rivers flowed, The earth stood still As we laid her to rest, A day you & I Will never forget The people's princess Who came to see, The love from a Country We'd hope she'd lead, Englands beauty Captured in one sweet soul, Carried the torch God rest her soul, With the gift she had She'd light up the way, With a smile to show us a brighter day, Hearts still full of the love she gave, 20 years since she laid in her grave There will never be another like you, Now a shinning star in the midnight sky I will always remember you, Princess Diana As our sweet nations Rose�� By Lewis Hamilton #princessdiana #godblessyou #rip #20years #englandsrose �� @paulripke �� @vanmorrisonofficial Into the Mystic ����

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As poems go it’s a little lacking in rhythm and metre, while the omission of apostrophes throughout suggests this didn’t pass through a sub-editor.

Meanwhile, “shinning star” could just as easily refer to Wayne Rooney’s bicycle kick off his shin pad against Manchester City.

Nevertheless, the reaction was overwhelmingly positive.

Meanwhile, on Instagram joanaislourenco wrote: “This is beautiful, @lewishamilton! So kind, so pure!” and denisegspada replied: “Lovely tribute, Lewis”.

However, not everyone could face the prospect of Hamilton’s verse.

That’s art Lewis – you can’t please all of the people all of the time.


From Belfast Telegraph