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Young woman inspired by meeting with Princess Diana loses battle against cancer

A cancer sufferer who was one of the last children pictured with Princess Diana has lost her battle with the disease and passed away aged 21.

Photos of Hollie with Princess Diana inspired the official £5 coin Credit: Clare Robinson

Hollie Robinson Marsh was thought to be in remission but on her 21st birthday the leukaemia returned, and she died a couple of weeks ago.

She became one of the most famous children in the country when she was photographed giggling with Princess Diana aged just four years old at Northwick Park Hospital in 1997. The pictures went on to inspire the official £5 coin, and after meeting the Princess Hollie decided to dedicate her life to helping other children.

Hollie was thought to be in remission but her cancer sadly returned Credit: Clare Robinson

Hollie was a remarkable child, and an even more remarkable adult.

I'm so, so proud of her - and just sad that she can't still be around to see how much everybody thought of her.

– Clare Robinson, Hollie's mother, speaking to ITV London

She decided to study childcare and from age 16 she worked with children with autism and other difficulties.

After the cancer returned, she was due to receive a bone marrow transplant from her brother Jake - but chemotherapy ahead of the treatment led to organ failure and she passed away shortly after.

Exhibitions opens with unseen photos of Princess Diana

A new exhibition opens today featuring previously unseen photos of Princess Diana.

A young Lady Diana Spencer Credit: Cork Street Gathering
The pictures show a young Diana before she became world famous Credit: Cork Street Gathering

The Cork Street Gathering in Mayfair will feature pictures of a young Lady Diana Spencer at the Pimlico nursery where she used to work.

Lady Diana spent time working at a Pimlico nursery Credit: Cork Street Gathering

The pictures were taken by photographer John Minihan just as Lady Diana's budding relationship with Prince Charles was exposed in the media- marking a turning point for her future life in the spotlight.

The exhibition is held at 27 Cork Street and is free entry.


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Ex-Diana bodyguard: Murder claims 'a publicity stunt'

The former bodyguard of the Princess of Wales has called the new claims that Diana was murdered by a member of the British military a "publicity stunt".

Undated file photo of Diana, Princess of Wales. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Ken Wharfe, the Princess's former Metropolitan Police bodyguard, told The Daily Telegraph: "If these parents were so concerned that this information was relevant or had some general import, then they should have delivered it to the inquest.

"Why has it taken so long to air this new information? It seems so shallow to me. I just think it's a bit of a publicity stunt.

"For what reason I'm not certain, but in the absence of any real evidence, I'm sure this will go away."

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