'Our nation's rose': F1 driver Lewis Hamilton pens poem about Princess Diana to mark 20 years since death

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Racing driver Lewis Hamilton has paid tribute to Princess Diana 20 years on from her death with an unexpected poem.

In what appears to be his first public foray into poetry, the Formula One three-time world champion penned the 25-line verse alongside a gallery of Princess Diana set to Van Morrison’s “Into the Mystic”.

Hamilton’s tribute comes as the world mourned two decades since the Princess of Wales’ death on Thursday with crowds of people arriving at the gates of Kensington Palace to lay flowers and leave photographs.

Published on his Instagram page, which is followed by 4.7 million people, the legendary driver’s sensitive poem read: “The day we lost our nation’s rose, tears we cried like rivers flowed,

“The earth stood still as we laid her to rest, a day you and I will never forget.

“The people’s princess who came to see, the love from a country we’d hope she’d lead, England’s beauty.”

The poem continues: “Captured in one sweet soul, carried the torch.

“God rest her soul, with the gift she had.

“She’d 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 shining star in the midnight sky.”

The 32-year-old’s words end with “I will always remember you, Princess Diana, as our sweet nations rose” before being signed off: “By Lewis Hamilton.

Nearly 200,000 people have now viewed the poem and slideshow to the late Princess, who was killed in a car crash in a Paris tunnel in 1997, leaving behind sons William, 15, and Harry, 12.

Many praised Hamilton’s “beautiful” words and thanked him for putting pen to paper.

He had previously shared a photo of smiling Diana on his Instagram, with the words: “’I don’t go by the rule book… I lead from the heart, not the head.’ – Princess Diana”

On Wednesday, the eve of the anniversary, the two royals visited the gates of Kensington Palace to read through the messages left by mourners before taking a walk through the White Garden, which had been created in Diana’s memory.

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