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Diana Memorial Concert announced

Duran Duran

Story by Jack Foley

DURAN Duran, Sir Elton John and Pharrell are among the artists confirmed to perform at a celebrity concert to mark the 10th anniversary of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, next year.

The concert has been organised by Diana’s sons, Princes William and Harry, and will take place at Wembley Stadium on July 1, on the day she would have turned 46.

Joining the celebrity line-up will also be Joss Stone, Bryan Ferry and the English National Ballet. Tickets went on sale on Wednesday morning but sold out in 20 minutes.

A memorial service will also be held in London at a venue to be confirmed.

Announcing the concert, Prince William told the BBC: “We both wanted to put our stamp on it. We want it to represent exactly what our mother would have wanted.

“Therefore, the church service alone isn’t enough. We wanted to have this big concert full of energy, full of the sort of fun and happiness, which I know she would have wanted.”

The diverse nature of the performers is designed to reflect Diana’s widespread passions while she was alive.

Hence, the English National Ballet will perform to reflect the princess’s love of dancing and musicals, and Andrew Lloyd Webber will stage a medley of songs from his West End shows.

Further acts are still to be confirmed but the list so far was designed to offer concert-goers “a flavour” of what to expect.

Proceeds from the concert will go to the charities supported by Diana during her life, and to two of the princes’ own charities, Centrepoint and Sentebale.