'Horrendous' Princess Diana memorial goes viral

Council bosses have been left red-faced after their bizarre memorial to Princess Diana became an online sensation.

 

Staff and volunteers at Chesterfield Borough Council created a well dressing to commemorate the Princess of Wales.

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The unique memorial features a handmade picture of a smiling Diana, which is flanked by two red roses, but baring very little resemblance to the People’s Princess.

Princess Diana memorial

Really? What were they thinking? Photo: Caters

Residents of the Derbyshire town have declared themselves less than impressed with the council's "unique" efforts, and have joked it’s good her sons Prince William and Prince Harry do not live nearby.

"Don't look into her eyes, she'll eat your soul,” one local commented online.

Princess Diana Chesterfield memorial

Everything about this is just wrong. Photo: Caters

"So bad it's funny, but a great sentiment," added another.

"Oh my goodness No!!! Take it down!” urged one commenter.

It’s not just Di’s appearance which has come under fire, with the date beside the memorial reading 1997-2017.

"The well dressings mark the 20th anniversary of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales,” said Chesterfield Borough Council.

"The well dressings will be available to view in the 'Crooked Spire' church porch and at the town pump in the market place between Saturday 9 September and Saturday 16 September from 9am to 5pm Monday to Saturday and 4pm on Sunday."

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The council has a history of bizarre royal murals. Photo: Caters

The council's previous attempts to commemorate events in a similar style have included a tribute to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's wedding in 2011, the Queen's diamond jubilee in 2012, and 100 years since Beatrix Potter was born.

A group of 14 volunteers spend around 120 hours over one week creating the well dressing. It will be on display until September 16.

The design has been produced using a variety of materials including carnations, chrysanthemums, chamomile flowers, cow parsley, leaves, grass seeds, rowan berries and egg shell.

"All art is meant to be a talking point and that certainly seems to be the case with this year's design,” added the council.

- Reporting by Caters News

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