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Diana's sons honor her memory with concert

July 02, 2007|Raphael G. Satter | Associated Press

LONDON — Waving their arms in the air with 70,000 fans at Wembley Stadium, princes William and Harry celebrated the life of their mother, Princess Diana, on what would have been her 46th birthday Sunday at a concert they organized.

William, 25, rocked his hips as Canadian pop star Nelly Furtado belted out her song "Man Eater" -- to the embarrassment of younger brother Harry, who shook his head and laughed.

Harry, 22, said they asked Elton John to play "Candle in the Wind," the song he sang at Diana's 1997 funeral in Westminster Abbey. Originally about Marilyn Monroe, its lyrics were reworked in tribute to Diana, and it became a worldwide No. 1 hit that same year.

"This evening is about all that my mother loved in life: her music, her dance, her charities and her family and friends," William told the crowd, thanking them and millions more who watched the show on television.

Harry added a special message for his army unit, currently serving in Iraq: "I wish I was there with you."

Event security was increased after the discovery of two unexploded car bombs in central London on Friday and an attack on Glasgow airport on Saturday where a Jeep Cherokee slammed into the main terminal and burst into flames. At least 450 officers patrolled the concert.

The memorial concert mixed rock, pop, hip hop and classical ballet and featured some of Diana's favorite acts, including Duran Duran and Tom Jones.

In honor of her love of dance and theater, there was a performance of an extract from "Swan Lake" by the English National Ballet and songs by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Younger artists such as Kanye West, Joss Stone and Lily Allen also performed.

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