This year, on 31 August, the world stopped to remember the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, who died in a tragic car accident in Paris 20 years ago.
Diana’s sons, Princes William and Harry have chosen Ian Rank-Broadley to create a statue of their late mother that will be displayed on the public grounds of Kensington Palace. It is hoped that the statue will be in place by 2019.
In a statement released by William and Harry, they said: “We have been touched by the kind words and memories so many people have shared about our mother over these past few months. It is clear the significance of her work is still felt by many in the U.K. and across the world, even 20 years after her death.
“Ian is an extremely gifted sculptor and we know that he will create a fitting and lasting tribute to our mother. We look forward to unveiling the statue, which will allow all those who visit Kensington Palace to remember and celebrate her life and legacy.”
Rank-Broadley also designed the effigy of Queen Elizabeth that is used on all coins since 1998.
A committee that included Diana’s sister, Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, a former aide to the princes who now sits on the Invictus Board, came up with a list of possible artists and the funds to complete it.
Rank-Broadley also commented in the statement, saying: “It is my sole and highest intention to fulfill the expectations of Their Royal Highnesses in creating a lasting and fitting memorial to their late mother Diana, Princess of Wales.”
Princes William and Harry chose not to make a big ordeal out of the anniversary of Diana’s death but instead opted for smaller, more personal dedications. The Sunken Gardens at Kensington Palace (a favourite spot of Dianas) was planted all in white and the two remembered their mother’s memory in a documentary about her life.