Princess Diana Digitally Altered to Look 50: Is it Disrespectful?

06/28/2011 at 05:30 PM EDT

Princess Diana on Newsweek
Princess Diana and Kate Middleton on Newsweek
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She was 36 when she died, but the spirit and grace of Princess Diana has lived on through the years.

In commemoration of her 50th birthday Friday, Newsweek, too, has done its part to keep her memory alive – just in an unconventional manner.

On its latest cover, a computer-generated image of the late princess is superimposed into a photograph of an upbeat and on-the-town Duchess Catherine. The cover and corresponding story, penned by editor-in-chief and Diana biographer Tina Brown, imagines what her life would be like today if tragedy had not struck on Aug. 31, 1997.

"Diana would have been 50 this month," Brown writes. "What would she have been like? Still great-looking: that's a given."

In the story, Brown predicts Diana would have moved to New York, kept her youth through Botox shots and told her story to 10 million followers on Twitter.

And Brown isn't the only one asking, "What If?" The plot of Untold Story: A Novel, which arrived in bookstores Tuesday, recreates the tragedy with a twist: In the book, she fakes her own death.

With her would-be 50th birthday days away, tell us:

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