From Ashley Walton in Oslo
Ballet fan Princess Diana will tonight meet the bravest Sleeping Beauty ever to grace a stage.
The Princess has asked to be introduced in Oslo to a ballerina doctors thought would never walk again, let alone dance.
The Daily Express exclusively revealed last October the story of the courage of Karen Smith, 32 , who was left paralysed from the neck down after a car crash nearly two years ago.
The accident happened at the pinnacle of her career, just after she had given an enchanting performance of Sleeping Beauty.
She lay in agony in hospital with crushed vertebrae and a bruised spinal cord.
But she bravely fought back against her injuries and was out of hospital after three months.
Now she is able to dance again for short spells.
And tonight Karen, on tour with the London City Ballet, will meet Princess Diana backstage at a royal gala performance.
The Princess, who flies to Norway today on her first foreign trip without Prince Charles, is patron of the ballet company and is guest of honour at the gala.
Karen said yesterday "Shaking hands with the Princess will be a moment I will treasure for ever"
Courageous Karen who is hoping to be able to dance on stage during the gala added "I was a principal dancer once and I will be again."