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As I was watching the movie QUEEN (for which the lovely Helen Mirren has won an Oscar this year), I was once again reminded the power of words and how the right phrase coined at the right moment in history can sway the masses in one direction or the other.
After Princess Diana dies unexpectedly in that car crash in Paris, PM Tony Blair’s chief aide and writer comes up with the phrase “People’s Princess” for him to use during his public condolence speech.
The phrase, pure invention of a gifted writer, catches on like wildfire. It captures and expresses the British public’s love and adoration for the fallen Diana so well that in the end even a reluctant Queen has to come down from her high horse and pay due respect to the memory of her former and still-resented daughter in law.