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  Princess Diana: dedicated to helping people
Updated 20 November 2002, 08.15
Ria is voting for Princess Diana
Ria from Staines was chosen by CBBC Newsround to represent Princess Diana in our search for your Greatest Briton.

Here's why she thinks Diana really was the greatest:

"I think Princess Diana is the Greatest Briton because she did a lot of charity work. She took the time to help people who other people never thought of helping.

Great mum to Wills and Harry

She was great because she dedicated her time to the less fortunate. And she treated everyone as an equal.

Princess Diana with Prince William
I think it's great the way Princess Diana also raised two normal children, which is hard to do when you get so much publicity all the time.

Both Princes William and Harry are both very down-to-earth. I like the way and Princess Diana treated them like normal kids, taking them to places like Thorpe Park.

Princess Diana was also like no other royal. I don't think she was pompous - I think she was down-to-earth and good-natured.

And she was respected by all generations, whether they be old people or young. She did a lot for all communities.

I went to give flowers

When she died I went with my family to Kensington Palace to put flowers down. I was shocked - there were tonnes of flowers everywhere. Lots of trees had dedications on them too.

It was quite sad - most peole were crying. I wanted to pay my respects to Princess Diana because she had done a lot for people and I wanted to say goodbye.

I think you should vote for her because she was done so much for Great Britain, as well as other countries.

I don't know of anyone else who's done anything like what she's done."

Ria, 14, Staines

Tune into CBBC's Newsround all this week to see special Press Pack reports on each of the finalists in our very own greatest Briton series.

There's a different person each day this week and YOU can vote for your favourite.

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