Statue of Princess Diana commissioned by William and Harry to be installed on her 60th birthday | UK News


A statue of Princess Diana commissioned by her sons William and Harry will be installed on what would have been her 60th birthday next year, it has been announced.

The work was commissioned to mark the 20th anniversary of Dianedeath but the installation was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.

Kensington Palace has said it will now take place on July 1, 2021 with a ceremony in the Palace’s Sunken Garden.

William and Harry said their mother ‘touched so many lives’

This Monday marks the 23rd anniversary of Diana’s death in a car crash in Paris, when Princes William and Harry were only 15 and 12 years old respectively.

The Duke of Cambridge and The Duke of Sussex have previously said now is the time to recognize their mother’s positive impact “in the UK and around the world”.

In a joint statement when announcing the project, William and Harry said: “Our mother has touched so many lives. We hope the statue will help everyone who visits Kensington Palace reflect on its life and legacy. ”

The statue was created by famous artist Ian Rank-Broadley, whose portrait of the queen appears on all British coins.

Earlier this month it was reported that William and Harry did not speak for two months after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced their resignation as members of the royal family.

William and Harry reportedly quarreled over Sussexes’ decision to step down as royals

Harry and Meghan’s decision to reveal their intention to step down without notifying the Royal Family has caused William the most discontent, said Omid Scobie, co-author of Finding Freedom, which chronicles the lives of the Sussexes as members of the Royal family.

Harry and Meghan released their surprise statement of wanting to step down from the royal family in January, prompting the Queen to call a meeting at Sandringham with the Duke, his older brother and their father, the Prince of Wales.

The couple’s last public engagement as members of the Royal Family was the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey in March, where Kate was accused in the book of barely recognizing her sister-in-law.


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