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Year of celebration to mark Diana's legacy

By Tony Jones

The 20th anniversary of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, is to be marked by a year-long celebration of her qualities of kindness, compassion and service.

The Diana Award - a charity established to promote the princess's belief in the positive power of young people - will commemorate her life with a range of events from the launch of a major international award, a groundbreaking app and a national Kindness Day.

Earl Spencer, Diana's brother, will be involved in the events honouring his sister's legacy.

He will host an exhibition at the family's home, Althorp, that will showcase individuals "Walking in her Shoes", and a gala fundraising event for the Diana Award in June.

In honour of the princess, the charity has also launched its international Legacy Award for 20 exceptional young people who have excelled at creating positive social change.

Diana's sons, the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry, are supporting the award and are likely to be involved with some of the many events this year, although no details have yet been released.

On Wednesday William visited a bereavement centre in east London and made a rare public admission about his feelings following his mother's death, telling a grieving boy he was "very angry'' when she died.

The duke's candid comment came at the start of a year that will see the 20th anniversary of Diana's death marked not just by the Diana Award, but likely by events instigated by her sons.

William was 15 and his brother Harry just 12 when their mother was killed in a car crash in Paris on August 31, 1997, a death that shocked the world.

Tessy Ojo, chief executive of the Diana Awards, said the charity's theme for the year was kindness, compassion and service, qualities embodied by the princess.

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