It has been 23 years since Princess Diana passed away on 31st August 1997 in a car crash in Paris. Princess Diana was an inspiration and icon to many but most importantly, a great mother to her sons Prince William and Prince Harry.
William was only 15 when his mum died, while harry was 12. Over the years, both of them have brought up how terribly they miss their mother, especially on happy occasions. Prince Harry mentioned in an interview with BBC how the day he proposed to Meghan Markle was a bitter-sweet moment. “It is days like….days like today when I really miss having her around and miss being able to share the happy news. But you know with the ring and with everything else that’s going on…I’m sure she’s with us yeah, you know, jumping up and down somewhere else.”
Prince William has also, on many instances, paid tribute to his mother. In fact, the engagement ring that he proposed to Kate with, was Diana’s sapphire ring. In a GQ interview, Prince William confessed about his grief after his mother died, “I am in a better place about it than I have been for a long time, where I can talk about her more openly, talk about her more honestly, and I can remember her better, and publicly talk about her better.”
On the 20th death anniversary of Princess Diana in 2017, Prince William and Prince Harry commissioned a statue to commemorate her life and legacy at the Sunken Garden of Kensington Palace. It is important to put something in stone that honours Princess Diana for who she was and how she destroyed the Monarchy. On 28th August 2020, they have given an update regarding the statue giving a rare joint statement issued by the Kensington Palace:
“The statue that Prince William and Prince Harry have commissioned to commemorate their mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, will be installed next year on what would have been her 60th Birthday”
The statue was commissioned to mark the 20th anniversary of her death and recognize her positive impact in the UK and around the world.
The statue will be installed in the Sunken Garden of Kensington Palace on 1st July 2021, marking the Princess’s 60th birthday. The Princes hope that the statue will help all those who visit Kensington Palace to reflect on their mother’s life and her legacy.”
The statue is being designed by the famous Ian Rank-Broadley who is known for the effigy of the Queen which appears on UK and Common Wealth coinage since 1998. The brothers have entrusted Ian to inculcate their feelings and respect for their mother in the lasting and fitting tribute to their mother. They want the visitors to witness her unforgettable life and pay homage to her for how she inspired everyone around the world with a cheerful and amicable personality.
The inaugural event of the statue in 2021 may prove to be a very special event as the two brothers, who have separated in terms of their professional lives, may reunite for the memorial.
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