On Thursday (July 1), Prince William and Prince Harry reunited in the memory of their late mother, Princess Diana, who would have turned 60 years old this year. The Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex unveiled a statue of the Princess of Wales at the Sunken Garden of Kensington Palace also known to be their late mother’s favourite spot.
Originally commissioned in 2017 on her 20th death anniversary, the statue was unveiled at an afternoon ceremony.
The princes were accompanied by Diana’s sisters, Lady Sarah McCorquodale, Lady Jane Fellowes, brother Earl Charles Spencer, close friend Julia Samual, former Kensington Palace private secretary Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, statue’s sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley, garden designer Pip Morrison and other associates of the statue committee.
William and Harry came together at the event, walked through the entrance of the garden, talking to each other before they greet everyone. Then came towards the statue and uncovered the green veil from it to disclose their mother’s image cast in bronze. The brothers, before re-joining other guests, took a few moments along with one of their aunts to admire the new installation. None of the two gave a speech during the ceremony.
According to a release by Kensington Palace, Princes William and Harry stated, “Today, on what would have been our Mother’s 60th birthday, we remember her love, strength and character – qualities that made her force for good around the world, changing countless lives for the better. They also shared, “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.”
They concluded, “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.”
Earl Charles Spencer Shares Childhood Picture With Sister Princess Diana On Her 60th Birthday
The black-and-white snap of Princess Diana shared by her brother Charles Spencer, the 9th Earl Spencer, on the Althorp House Instagram and Twitter pages displays Diana on the Queen’s Sandringham Estate in Norfolk outside Park House, her birth place in 1961.
Charles captioned the image taken by their father saying, “1 July 1961 was an exceptionally hot English summer’s day, Diana’s parents always remembered.”
Diana tied her hair in pigtails, put on a white sweater, coordinating skirts and knee socks.
The shot was taken by Earl Spencer the 8th, father of Princess Diana and Charles Spencer.