A MUM-OF-SEVEN who hand paints 'remembugs' in memory of lost loved ones is on a mission to give the royals a special gift on their Bradford visit.

Ashlee Holt has helped more than 1,500 grieving families keep their memories alive by decorating the little creatures and leaving them in special places with a poem, asking passersby to "take me on your travels and tell my story to those you meet".

The 'remembugs' are often dedicated to stillborn babies, people who died in tragic circumstances and much-loved grandparents.

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But there's one person that Ashlee has always wanted to commemorate: Princess Diana.

As a young child when the news first broke about her death, Ashlee recalls how her family gushed about how beautiful the royal was.

"When she died, that was the first story that really settled with me. I remember the impact it had on all my family and I remember being like 'What's the big deal about this lady?'. She always put her kids first, she broke the royal protocol to do what she thought was right," Ashlee explained.

"When I saw her son and Kate were coming to Bradford, I thought that this would be the best chance to get a Princess Diana rock to them.

"Diana is genuinely such a big inspiration to me. She was such a kind, down to earth person who genuinely cared for others.

"I've looked into sending one to the Queen but you can't send parcels."

Today Ashlee is launching an appeal to those who could pass on a 'remembug' on her behalf or invite her to one of the proceedings.

Princess Diana's bug has been painted lilac purple, adorned with pink hearts outlined in blue.

"I don't exactly want to party crash anything so getting invited to attend would be much more ideal," she explained.

Anyone who can help Ashlee is asked to email Tribe Rocks on triberocks1@gmail.com

Ashlee and her nine-year-old daughter paint the rocks while her other children prefer to find their hiding spots.

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They start by painting a white base layer on each rock before getting creative and colourful with her designs.

The family distribute the memorials when they go metal fishing or walking - secretly guessing who will pick them up.

The personal project now has its own Facebook group, Tribe Rocks, where photos show each rock's latest adventure.

Rocks can end up anywhere from local beauty spots to the seaside.

Families can ask for certain words to be added along with a nickname.

In her handwritten poem, Ashlee writes: "Leave me somewhere special with a pretty view, hope the next person comes along and takes me travelling too."