Remembering Diana

Diana, Princess of Wales (Photo)

Diana, Princess of Wales

On this, the twentieth anniversary of the passing of Diana, Princess of Wales, it’s interesting to note that the Roman goddess for which she was named was, in fact, the mythological goddess of the Moon.

Fittingly, there is a crater on the Moon named for Diana, in the northeast section of the Sea of Tranquillity. It rests between craters Lucian and Vitruvius G, near its sister “Princess Crater,” Grace.

…People regard Diana and the Moon as one and the same. … the Moon (Luna) is so called from the verb “to shine” (lucere). Lucina is identified with it, which is why in our country they invoke Juno Lucina in childbirth, just as the Greeks call on Diana, the Light-bearer.

— Quintus Lucilius Balbus

Oddly, although neither of the Lunar craters was named for a princess, their namesake princesses shared a tragic end: both Diana, Princess of Wales (1961-1997) and Princess Grace of Monaco (1929-1982) died tragically young in automobile accidents, almost exactly fifteen years apart.

The Princess Craters, Diana and Grace (Photo)

The “Princess Craters,” Diana and Grace, on the Moon

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