Yesterday, Princes William and Harry visited the White Garden at Kensington Palace where a new statue in honour of their mother, Diana, Princess of Wales will be erected 20 years after her death. The Duchess of Cambridge, who never knew her would-be mother-in-law also joined the brothers.
While in the garden, the trio received a tour of the work being done as well as meeting with representatives from charities that were close to Diana’s heart, like Centrepoint, the Royal Marsden and Great Ormond Street hospitals, the National Aids Trust, and the Leprosy Mission.
The garden was been designed by Sean Harkin who gave the Duke and Duchess and Prince Harry insight on his designs inspired by her life and style, like her famous white “Elvis” Catherine Walker dress.
The garden at Kensington Palace has been open to the public since the spring and will continue into September.
Once the garden closes, Harry expressed that he would like to keep some of the flowers, moving them to his own small garden on his private home at Kensington Palace.
Today, 31 August, is the 20th anniversary of Diana’s tragic death in Paris after she and Dodi Fayed were killed in a car accident. Prince William and Harry plan to carry out the day in private remembering their mother.
August has been a month of countless documentaries and tributes to Diana. William and Harry have expressed that they see this as the end of public memorials towards their mother and in the future, they will mourn her in private.
Upon the announcement of the memorial in January, William and Harry said in a press release from Kensington Palace: “It has been 20 years since our mother’s death and the time is right to recognise her positive impact in the UK and around the world with a permanent statue.
“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.”
No word on when the statue is expected to be placed in the garden.