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An Unmoving Tribute

by | 10th, January 2006

‘THE Circle of Tears, the bubbling, gurgling and slippery storm drain erected to the memory of Princess Diana, has not been without controversy.

Thirsty dogs love it. Those children who didn’t fall over in it thought it great. And the park keepers were delighted at how many fallen leaves it collected. But not everyone was happy.

So now it’s time to construct a memorial to honour the Queen Mother, the team responsible for it are keen to get it right.

As the Mirror reports, the brief is simple: “Ease of ongoing maintenance by the Royal Parks is a key issue, so the use of water and moving parts is to be discouraged.”

In a way, that simple statement of intent seems to say much about the Queen Mum’s life. She moved little, albeit with a motorised grace, and water only served to dilute the gin.

So much for the instructions. What of they who will select the winning design?

The Mirror says that the winner will be selected by Prince Charles and his senior aides after a shortlist has been drawn up.

And you can join in the fun, either by submitting your ideas to this website or to

And remember: no water – although if you want to include an ice and a slice, that’s your prerogative…’

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