Did you know… Princess Diana was distantly related to: Humphrey Bogart (seventh cousin, twice removed); Winston Churchill (fourth cousin, twice removed); Oliver Cromwell (first cousin, eleven times removed); Lawrence of Arabia (fourth cousin, thrice removed); Lord Lucan (second cousin, once removed), and President Roosevelt (seventh cousin, thrice removed).
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The controversial Princess Diana Memorial Fountain is in Hyde Park, on the south side of the Serpentine. Described as a “moat without a castle”, and draped around the grounds “like a necklace” it is actually nothing but a stream of solid concrete, with water running over numerous ruts and gullies.
It was beset by problems when it opened, and a couple of people even fell and broke their ankles. The area around the stream became horrendously muddy with kids slipping and sliding all over the place – and leaves from the trees bunged up the drains.
Happily the problems have now been resolved, and the Princess of Wales can stop spinning in her grave. The memorial is still a load of rubbish though.
Why didn’t they erect a monument, or a fountain in the Round Pond instead?
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