Despite rumours of a rift, Prince William and Prince Harry came together to unveil a new statue of their mother, Princess Diana, on what would have been her 60th birthday.
The commemoration took place on Thursday, July 1, at Kensington Palace’s redesigned Sunken Garden with a small ceremony due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Diana has been a source of fascination for the public since her untimely death as a result of a high-speed Paris car crash in 1997. According to News24, the statue depicts the People’s Princess surrounded by children, an image that perfectly displays her “warmth, elegance and energy” and the “universality and generational impact” of her work.
Beneath the statue is a plinth engraved with Diana’s name and the date of the unveiling, along with a paving stone with an extract from the poem The Measure of a Man, reports News24.
“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.
“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,” said a statement released on behalf of the brothers on Twitter.
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. pic.twitter.com/jsZXyUsG7q
— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) July 1, 2021