William and Harry unveil Diana statue at Kensington Palace

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The Dukes of Cambridge and Sussex have today unveiled a statue of their mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, on what would have been her 60th birthday.

Commissioned by the brothers in 2017, the statue now stands in Kensington Palace’s stunningly redesigned Sunken Garden.

Prince Harry, who now lives in California arrived in the UK last week in order to complete his quarantine ahead of today’s event.

Following the unveiling of the statue, William and Harry issued a statement which read:

“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.”

Kensington Palace said:

“The figure of Diana, Princess of Wales, is surrounded by three children who represent the universality and generational impact of the Princess’s work.

“The portrait and style of dress was based on the final period of her life, as she gained confidence in her role as an ambassador for humanitarian causes and aims to convey her character and compassion.”

In a statement, sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley noted:

“We wanted to capture her warmth and humanity while showcasing the impact she had across generations.

“I hope that people will enjoy visiting the statue and the Sunken Garden, and taking a moment to remember the Princess.”

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