Even more than a decade after her untimely death, Princess Diana remains an adored and admired figure. In the fall of 2009, the National Constitution Center hosts Diana: A Celebration, a tribute to the Princess of Wales, remembering her inspirational and magical life that captivated people from every walk of life, everywhere in the world.
But that celebrity seeks legitimacy not only on its own terms--grounded in the intense connection between mass mobilization and the object of celebrity--but also through a connection with its predecessor social order. Thus, for example, consider the construction of Diana's childhood:
Diana Frances Spencer was born July 1, 1961 in Sandringham, in Norfolk. She was born at Park House, the home that her parents lived in on the estate of Queen Elizabeth II and where her childhood playmates were the Queen's younger sons: Andrew and Edward. She was the youngest of the three daughters of Edward John Spencer and Frances Ruth Burke Roche. Diana: A Celebration, About.That connection between old and new hierarchy, between social, political and cultural ownership and status, is made more explicit in the construction of the history of the women of the Spencer family.
For over three-hundred years, the Spencer family has included important women who helped shape the culture of their age. This room is dedicated to those women. This can also be said of Diana, who became a cultural icon of her time. Spencer women were also known for devoting their energies to charity and community work and Diana continued these traditions.Diana: A Celebration, Spencer Women.Or, the the Philadelphia Convention bureau publicists put it:
Using her royal and celebrity status as a platform, the compassionate Diana worked tirelessly for countless charitable organizations, proving one of the leaders in the fights against HIV and AIDS, leprosy, landmines, and homelessness. To honor and continue the humanitarian legacy of the "People's Princess," Diana: A Celebration encourages visitors to contribute to the causes that Diana dedicated her life to making a difference. And finally, the exhibit remembers the Princess' tragic death and the outpouring of condolences and tears from around the globe.Philadelphia Convention and Visitor's Bureau, Philadelphia: The Official Convention and Visitors Site for Philadelphia.
Within this new world order, "Diana: A Celebration" serves as a modern from festschrift of the taxonomies and methodologies of the new world ordering.