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UK Report: What to expect from the Princess Diana statue unveiling

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This summer to celebrate Princess Diana’s 60th birthday, and of course to celebrate her life, a statue in honour of her memory will be made and officially unveiled on 1st July.

The statue will be in the ‘Sunken Garden’ at Kensington Palace, which was the Princesses’ favourite spot, the head gardener at the palace, Sean Harkin, has said how the garden is a nod to Diana’s love for cream and white.

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Back in 2017, marking the 20th anniversary of her death, the garden was turned into a beautiful enchantment of land, featuring her favourite flowers such as forget-me-nots, white lilies, white roses, tulips, narcissi and daisies.

What are we expecting from the unveiling of the statue?

Home to Kensington Palace, the statue will be a public reunion of the brothers Prince William and Prince Harry, hopefully this time focusing on honouring their late mother, Princess Diana. The brothers did reunite in the past week at their grandfather’s funeral, and it’s been said they are going to put their ‘’differences aside’’, especially to mark this occasion.

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The two brothers originally mentioned the statue back in 2017 to initially mark the anniversary, officially announcing it in a rare joint statement on behalf of them, last August:

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“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.”

A source also told The Sun newspaper that the sculpture would have been signed off by Harry and William, so they would have had to agree on any final decisions, despite what is going on in the background. Sculptor Ian Rank – Broadley, who is known as the designer of the image of Queen Elizabeth II on the UK coin, has also worked closely with the boys on the design and finished statue.

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We look forward to finally seeing it, and celebrating Princess Diana, hopefully the day is not overshadowed by the tension between both Harry and William, and as a nation we can enjoy the celebration of her life and Royal commitments.

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