Before you carry on reading, please note that this particular Londonista was not one of the 63,000 at Diana’s memorial at Wembley Stadium. This is more of an armchair review, but hopefully one that is relevant enough for you to forgive us just this once.
Today, two young men mourned the ten year anniversary of the death of their mother. On what would have been her 46th birthday. This isn’t particularly unusual, but when you have to do it live on a stage at the new Wembley Stadium in a show being broadcast to millions, it becomes slightly more surreal. But then, as much as they try, Prince Harry and Prince William will never be just two ordinary blokes.
The concert showed an amazing support for the boys as they celebrated the life of a woman who touched London along with the rest of the world. Elton John opened (and closed) the show which was nothing short of spectacular. Even a set from Lily Allen hit the right note; upbeat but respectful – something she hasn’t been very good at recently.
“This event is about all that our mother loved in life – her music, her dancing, her charities and her family and friends,” said William, 25. It was clear from the support of everyone that this was the case.
For once, a concert that would usually feel disjointed with all of the random people involved actually felt like it had a purpose. Well, would you put P.Diddy, Duran Duran and Take That in the same line-up? Probably not, but this was a phenomenol gig for a woman who didn’t do what people expected of her. But she did make the Royal Family just a little bit more interesting, didn’t she?
Flickr photo from dbking.