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Elton's Princess Diana Lecture

Written by Chief Editor.

The Diana, Princess of Wales Lecture on HIV was delivered by Sir Elton today, in front of an invited audience of politicians, health workers, journalists, civil society leaders, celebrities, and people living with HIV.

The lecture was launched by United Kingdom's National AIDS Trust in 1999 as a living tribute to Princess Diana (who was a patron of NAT until her death in 1997). Today's event was delivered in partnership with the Elton John AIDS Foundation and supported by Gucci. The composer followed in the footsteps of Kofi Annan and Bill Clinton who delivered previous NAT lectures in Diana's memory in 1999 and 2001, respectively.

During his talk, Elton commended Diana for ''calmly'' shaking hands with a gay man dying of AIDS.

''One simple handshake, one gesture showed the world the desperate need for humanity for people living with AIDS,'' he declared.

''She knew the disease could not be communicated by hand. Her gesture meant nobody should be left behind. She did not distinguish between 'us' and 'them.' ''
 
When it comes to officials, though, the vocalist is furious.
 
He blasted the British government for making ''savage cuts'' to HIV prevention services.