Diana statue: Princess is surrounded by three children with engraving
he beautiful statue of Diana Princess of Wales was unveiled at Kensington Palace by her sons Harry and William. It captured the people’s princess in action and her kind heart, surrounded by three children. Inspiration for the statue was taken from the final period of her life including her short hair and style of dress.
Kensington Palace said Diana had “gained confidence in her role as an ambassador for humanitarian causes” and the statue “aims to convey her character and compassion”.
Diana, Princess of Wales Statue unveiled in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace
Diana’s 60th birthday
Diana’s 60th birthday
Evening Standard / eyevine
Evening Standard / eyevine
Lavender bushes line the Sunken Garden
Artist’s Impression of the redesigned Sunken Garden
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The sunken garden where the Princess Diana statue will be unveiled.
New Design For The Sunken Garden At Kensington Palace
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The Duke of Cambridge (centre) with his aunt Lady Jane Fellowes and uncle Earl Spencer, at the unveiling of a statue of his mother Diana, Princess of Wales, in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace, London
Sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley, the Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex after the unveiling of a statue they commissioned of their mother Diana, Princess of Wales, in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace
The Duke of Cambridge, with his uncle Earl Spencer, unveiling a statue of his mother Diana, Princess of Wales, in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace
The Duke of Cambridge (left) and Duke of Sussex unveiling a statue they commissioned of their mother Diana, Princess of Wales, in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace
The Duke of Sussex (left), the Duke of Cambridge (right) and garden designer Pip Morrison, arrive for the unveiling of a statue they commissioned of the Dukes’ mother Diana, Princess of Wales, in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace
The Duke of Cambridge and Duke of Sussex arrive for the unveiling of a statue they commissioned of their mother Diana, Princess of Wales in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace
Guy Monson, a member of the statue committee, the Duke of Sussex, the Duke of Cambridge and garden designer Pip Morrison, during the unveiling of a statue they commissioned of the Dukes’ mother Diana, Princess of Wales, in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace, London
The Duke of Cambridge (second left) and Duke of Sussex (second right) talk to, Rupert Gavin, Chairman of Historic Royal Palaces (left) and Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton (right) the former Private Secretary to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and to Prince Harry, who sat on the statue committee, ahead of the unveiling of a statue they commissioned of their mother Diana, Princess of Wales in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace
The statue showcased Diana’s effortlessly chic style – a sleek open-necked blouse, a wide belt and a pencil skirt. It revealed a tender moment where the princess has her hands placed on the shoulders of two of the children. Sculpter and renowned artist Ian Rank-Broadley moulded the life size model; the cast was hollow and supported by a stainless-steel armature.
Beneath the statue is a plinth engraved with Diana’s name and the date of the unveiling. Finishing off the special touches, there was a paving stone engraved with an extract inspired by The Measure of A Man poem. It reads: “These are the units to measure the worth.
Of this woman as a woman regardless of birth. “Not what was her station? But had she a heart?
How did she play her God-given part?” It was put on display to celebrate what would have been her 60th birthday. In a joint statement, the Duke of Cambridge and Duke of Sussex said: “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.” The statue has been given a permanent home in the Sunken Garden of Kensington Palace.
It is a place which always had a special place in her heart. Diana spent much of her time in the green space surrounding the palace where she lived for more than 15 years. She loved flowers, especially forget-me-nots, white lilies, white roses, tulips, narcissi, and Cosmo daisies.
Brits can visit the statue in the Sunken Palace from Friday.
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