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Princess Diana to polish image with trip to Angola

January 12, 1997
Web posted at: 9:05 p.m. EST (1505 GMT)

LUANDA, Angola (CNN) -- Britain's Princess Diana is slated to arrive in Angola Monday to visit victims of land mines in a trip expected to boost her status as a goodwill ambassador for Britain.

The princess, who once said she wanted to be the "queen of people's hearts," will back the Red Cross campaign against anti-personnel mines.

Angola typifies the dangers of land mines -- the country has the world's record number of amputees thanks to mines sown during two decades of civil war.

Diana resigned as patron of nearly 100 charities last year when the divorce came through after tough negotiations. Among other things, Queen Elizabeth II refused her role as a roving goodwill ambassador.

The Angolan trip restores Diana's ties with the Red Cross and also may signal a defrosting in relations with her ex-husband, Prince Charles.


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