'Horrific' Princess Diana memorial in United Kingdom gets blasted on social media

Danny Woods
September 14, 2017

"Makes me ashamed to say I come from Chesterfield".

Chesterfield Borough Council have stepped in to defend a floral portrait of Princess Diana that went viral online for all the wrong reasons.

Diana, Princess Of Wales, is remembered most for her extensive charity work, highly publicized divorce from Prince Charles, and untimely death at the age of 36.

A tribute to Princess Diana in England hasn't got quite the reaction it was hoping for.

Chesterfield council have taken the backlash in their stride, however.

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A woman wrote: "I saw it and thought what an insult to Diana. luckily she had a sense of humour and would probably be laughing if she could see it or cared".

The memorial, which is on display outside Chesterfield's Market Hall in Derbyshire, was created as part of the town's "well dressing" celebrations, an annual custom in the county, which involves making pictures using only natural materials.

Another local, Emma-Lee Rose, defended the tribute on Facebook. If people think it should look more like her then perhaps they could all write a letter to the council and ask them to put up a photograph instead. None, however, have proved as controversial as a new floral tribute to the People's Princess, recently unveiled at Chesterfield's market place to widespread bemusement. "Someone's spent hours of their time making this, bless 'em!"

A spokesman for Chesterfield Council described the artwork, made from flowers, egg shells, leaves and grass seeds, as a "talking point".

"The well dressing is created to attract visitors to the area and if the publicity encourages more people to come and experience our historic market town and local shops then that can only be good for Chesterfield", he said.

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