The Princes Harry and William were just twelve and fourteen years old when their mother Diana, Princess of Wales died. With August 31st this year marking twenty years since her death, Harry and William have decided to honour their mother’s memory with a brand new statue.
The new commission will stand in public view in the parkland surrounding Kensington Palace which was once Diana’s home. The statue is set to be finished by the end of the year and will be unveiled by William and Harry.
A number of other tributes and memorials to Diana have been planned for this year, including the new White Garden which recently opened and the rededication of her grave. The sudden increase in memorials to Diana comes in part because of it being twenty years since her death but has also been prompted by criticism over the lack of a fitting tribute to such an important woman.
Before the increased media attention surrounding the twenty year anniversary, Diana faded slightly from public memory, which led to the neglect of things such as her memorial garden. Her brother Earl Spencer was accused of allowing the garden to become overgrown and ruined in recent times. A statue which was erected in 2000 in Walsall also became weathered and began to turn green within the last few years, so it is now a perfect time to create a new piece to honour the former Princess of Wales.
Diana is remembered for her charity work and her kind heart. Her charity work has continued after her death, with the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fund raising £138 million. On top of this, the Diana Award recognises young people who have brought about social change in communities throughout the world. With Diana continuing to make positive impacts upon the world, it is important that she is recognised for her good work and the celebrations taking place this year are making sure that she will not be forgotten.
The Princes said of the project “”Our mother touched so many lives. We hope the statue will help all those who visit Kensington Palace to reflect on her life and her legacy.” Hopefully, the statue will bring a feeling of peace to the princes as well as honour the life of their mother.