Prince Harry and Prince William unveil Diana statue
A bronzed sculpture of Princess Diana beside three young children was put on display at the stunning Sunken Gardens. Prince William and Prince Harry reunited for the grand ceremony and together they pulled away a cloth covering the much-anticipated artwork in honour of their mother, who would have celebrated her 60th birthday on July 1.
The masterpiece was created by renowned artist Ian Rank-Broadley and it depicts Diana standing with three children to represent the “universality and generational impact” of her work.
The monument shows Diana resting her hands on the shoulders of two of the kids and she is portrayed with her iconic short hair and is wearing an open-necked blouse, belt and a pencil skirt.
The statue can be viewed by members of the public during the opening hours of Kensington Palace – but are you planning to visit Kensington Palace to see the statue?
A statue of Princess Diana has been unveiled at Kensington Palace
Diana is depicted alongside three children
The Duke of Cambridge and Duke of Sussex commissioned the memorial four years ago and chose the Sunken Garden as it was one of their mother’s favourite places.
The event was attended by just 14 guests, including Diana’s siblings, Earl Spencer, Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Lady Jane Fellowes.
Kensington Palace billed it as a “small event and a very personal moment for the family”.
The partners of Harry and William were notable absentees – but should Meghan Markle and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge have attended the ceremony?
Last week, Prince Harry travelled alone from California to London and immediately went into self-isolation at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor.
The Duchess of Sussex decided to stay in the US as she has recently given birth to their daughter Lilibet and now has two children to look after.
The event had been scaled back due to the pandemic, but royal sources say the event was always meant to be intimate and for the brothers.
Thursday was the first time William and Harry have been seen together since the funeral of Prince Philip in April – so were you glad to see the brothers reunited for the statue unveiling?
Prince William and Prince Harry unveil the statue on Thursday afternoon
Prince William and Prince Harry reunite for the unveiling
William and Harry appeared in good spirits and were seen smiling and speaking cordially to one another.
The pair worked together on the design for the statue and also penned an emotional joint-statement about their mother.
They said: “Today, on what would have been our mother’s 60th birthday, we remember her love, strength and character – qualities that made her a force for good around the world, changing countless lives for the better.
“Every day, we wish she were still with us, and our hope is that this statue will be seen forever as a symbol of her life and her legacy.
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The statue is on display at the Sunken Garden
“Thank you to Ian Rank-Broadley, Pip Morrison and their teams for their outstanding work, to the friends and donors who helped make this happen, and to all those around the world who keep our mother’s memory alive.”
The event in west London comes amid a backdrop of a very public feud between the two brothers – but do you think Prince William and Prince Harry will be able to work through their rift?
Prince Harry has addressed the breakdown of his relationship with William in a number of interviews – including the Sussexes extraordinary chat with Oprah Winfrey in March.
Their differences reportedly stem back to before Prince Harry married Meghan in May 2018, but a body language expert has claimed a reconciliation may be on the cards.
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Diana and Prince Charles married in 1981
Judi James said: “Their smiles, when they emerged, were a little bit rigid, but they did emerge side by side.
“And I think what was more important was that their body language was very mirrored as they arrived – a sort of subliminal bonding.
“The mirroring would very much show their deeper bonds of love for one another.”