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The statue’s reveal on 1 July comes on what would have been the Princess of Wales’ 60th birthday. It has been erected permanently in the newly-redesigned Sunken Garden, which has been filled with more than 4,000 flowers and offers a “calmer and more reflective setting” for the permanent tribute to the princess.
Kensington Palace has confirmed the royal brothers and members of the Spencer family, thought to be her siblings, will attend the unveiling, along with the statue committee and others involved in the process.
The statue was created by sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley, who has a long track record of creating images of the royal family, and the garden was redesigned by Pip Morrison.
Diana’s key motherhood moments
Princess Diana was known for regularly breaking tradition when it came to parenting.
She took Prince William with her on her first overseas tour in 1983, despite him being only nine months old at the time.
She also brought both William and Harry with her on a 17-day tour of Italy in 1985, when harry was just seven months old.
William also became the first royal not to receive any homeschooling, as he and Harry both attended the Wetherby School in Notting Hill from the age of five.
Diana was also known to take part in the boys’ sports days being photographed on number of occasions.
My colleague Saman Javed has more on Diana’s key motherhood moments.
Diana’s approach to motherhood eschewed traditional royal protocol in favour of a relaxed, relatable approach
New design of Sunken Garden revealed alongside Diana statue
The Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace has been newly redesigned to coincide with the unveiling of the statue of Diana, Prinses van Wallis.
Garden designer Pip Morrison was in charge of the layout and planting scheme, and it was brought to life by the Gardens and Estates team at Historic Royal Palaces (HRP), led by deputy head, Graham Dillamore.
The garden now features a number of Diana’s favourite flowers, including forget-me-nots, as well as many other spring and summer blooms in an array of pastel colours. See more of the new Sunken Garden design below:
Statue unveiled in honour of Princess of Wales will stand permanently
Prince Harry and Prince William to reunite for Diana statue unveiling
Prince Harry and Prince William will reunite in London to unveil a statue of Princess Diana on what would have been her 60th birthday.
The ceremony will be the brothers’ first appearance together since Prince Philip’s funeral in April.
Harry and William first commissioned the statue in 2017, on the 29th anniversary of their mother’s death, saying at the time that they hoped it would help visitors to the palace “reflect on her life and her legacy”.
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The statue has been placed in a garden surrounded by 4,000 of the late princess’s favourite flowers
Kyk: Key moments from Princess Diana’s life
A look back at the defining moments of Princess Diana’s life
Princess Diana’s openness and willingness to speak on difficult subjects has always departed from royal protocol and been a constant inspiration to the work of her sons, Harry and William, until today.
My colleague Saman Javed takes a look at some of the defining moments in the Princess of Wales’s life and how her legacy lives on through her children:
She spoke candidly about her eating disorder, informed public perception of AIDS and even took part in a post-divorce photoshoot
What would Princess Diana’s life have been like if she had lived?
Have you ever wondered how different things would have been if Princess Diana was still alive?
My colleague Sean O'Grady explores what her life might have been like if not for that fateful day on 31 Augustus 1977:
Embroiled in culture wars or living the high life in exile abroad, Sean O’ Grady explores what Princess Diana’s life might have been like, had the Princess of Wales been celebrating her 60th birthday this year
Princess Diana’s 60th birthday: All the ways she inspired a generation
Diana, Prinses van Wallis, was more than just one of the most famous women of all time. She was a global icon and, known as the “People’s Princess”, remains a much-missed royal even today.
As we remember her on what would have been her 60th birthday today, read more about how Diana continues to be an inspiration more than two decades after her death:
The ‘People’s Princess’ was adored all over the world.
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