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Guest Historian Barry Bradford to Lecture on Princess Diana

[Friday, April 14, 2017]


Barry Bradford

McHenry County College will host Barry Bradford, nationally-recognized speaker and award-winning historian, who will present “Diana: Glamorous and Tragic Life and Death of a Princess,” a multi-media presentation from 12:30-2 p.m. and 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 25 in the college’s Luecht Conference Center. The college is located at 8900 U.S. Hwy. 14 in Crystal Lake.

Bradford will share the life of the “People’s Princess,” who was beloved for her compassion as much as for her glamour. Her unexpected life veered between glamour and tragedy and her sudden and controversial death makes for an unforgettable story.

She was a shy and charming kindergarten teacher when she caught the eye of Princes Charles, heir to the throne of Great Britain. In 1981, the world watched the 20-year-old Diana marry Prince Charles amidst all the pomp and circumstance of the British Empire. Barely more than 10 years later, she as divorced with two children and suffered from depression and eating disorders, which were brought to heart from the realization that her husband had been having an affair with a longtime girlfriend.

After her divorce, she became an outcast from the British Royal family, but even more loved by the British public. She was seen as a doting mother, an icon of fashion style, and most importantly as a tireless champion for humanitarian causes. She met with Mother Theresa in an effort to bring attention to the global AIDS epidemic. Her tragic car crash was mourned by the world.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Walk-ins are welcome; no registration is required. For more information, contact the MCC Conference Center office at (815) 479-8764 or visit

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