While noble eulogists commanded the attention of news media and the world at the time of Princess Di’s death, the common folk had already been expressing their memorials in cyberspace.
One year later, countless Diana Web sites still pay homage, hawk memorabilia, concoct theories and obsess. Here are a few.
Lists of links
Gives movie-star treatment to Diana, with a profile, biography and news.
It also reviews and rates some of the best and most unusual Diana sites (see Club Di, below).
Sun Tzu’s Newswire
None of the glitz of Celebsite, but lots and lots more links.
The mammoth Diana cyber-ephemera is indexed intriguingly into such categories as conspiracy talk, compare coverage of Princess Diana to coverage of Mother Teresa, the doctors and injuries, Princess Grace, public reaction, and rich and famous reaction.
A Webzine with links to personal memorial sites.
A self-proclaimed cyber chapel: source for books, music and a grief support message board.
Skating into Creepyville: An “Into the Light” section offering prayers for Diana from the Buddhist, Sikh, Christian, Jewish and Wiccan traditions, among others. Gracing that page is a photo of Diana’s head grafted on what looks like an image of Michael the Archangel, wings included.
Virtual tour of Diana museum
MSNBC’s graphic is a bit of a disappointment: You don’t get to see what’s in the museum, just read what you would see if you went.
Kith and kin
The British Monarchy site
The reserved Buckingham Palace version of Diana’s life and death. Read Queen Elizabeth’s address to her people, on the evening before Diana’s funeral, here.
The Althorp estate
A more sentimental picture, of course, is found at the Web site for Diana’s family home, final resting place and current museum locale.
Less about Diana than you might expect; lots about visiting hours and parking, should you make the pilgrimage.
The blasted media
BBC’s Diana archives
The hometown team has a thorough and tasteful site, with past coverage and a one-year retrospective.
You’ll find audio and video of the eulogy delivered by Diana’s brother here.
The site publishes Diana’s posthumous last words, albeit in legalese, in her last will and testament.
Paparazi, the game
The outcry to condemn rabid celebrity photographers has died down, but enmity can easily be resuscitated with a free 3-D game, Paparazi.
The producers of G.O.D.D. (Game-makers of Diabolical Distinction) provide it as a “non-commercial public service and social comment.”
Some of that comment: “Now you can actually feel what it’s like to be chased endlessly without compassion or consideration! Subject yourself to the cruel torment of violent intrusion from the comfort of your own home!”
Users will need Windows 95 and Microsoft DirectX5; the latter can be downloaded from www.microsoft.com/directx/resources/enddl.htm