Lewis Hamilton pens heartfelt poem about Princess Diana to mark anniversary
Lewis Hamilton has shown his sensitive side by writing a sentimental poem in tribute to Princess Diana, following the 20th anniversary of her death on Thursday.
The mawkish verse describes the late Princess of Wales as the 'Nation's rose' and 'England's beauty', and the 'Peoples' Princess' clearly has a special place in the heart of the three-time Formula One world champion.
Hamilton was 12 years old when Diana died in a car crash in a Paris tunnel in 1997, and posted the lyrics on Instagram shortly after his qualifying lap at this week's Italian Grand Prix.
In a separate Instagram post early on Friday morning, Hamilton wrote: “I don't go by the rule book... I lead from the heart, not the head" alongside a picture of Diana.
Englands Rose The day we lost our Nations Rose Tears we cried like rivers flowed, The earth stood still As we laid her to rest, A day you & I Will never forget The people's princess Who came to see, The love from a Country We'd hope she'd lead, Englands beauty Captured in one sweet soul, Carried the torch God rest her soul, With the gift she had Shed light up the way, With a smile to show us a brighter day, Hearts still full of the love she gave, 20 years since she laid in her grave There will never be another like you, Now a shinning star in the midnight sky I will always remember you, Princess Diana As our sweet nations Rose By Lewis Hamilton #princessdiana #godblessyou #rip #20years #englandsrose @paulripke @vanmorrisonofficial Into the Mystic
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