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IN PICTURES: special moments from the unveiling of the Diana statue


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The long-awaited statue celebrating the life of Diana, Princess of Wales was unveiled in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace on what would have been her 60th birthday.

The statue was officially unveiled by the Duke of Cambridge and Duke of Sussex to a select group gathered for the occasion.

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The brothers paused to take in the statue of their mother on the 60th anniversary of her birth.

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The statue was created by renowned sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley and was commissioned by the princes in 2017 to mark the 20th anniversary of their mother’s death.

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Princes Harry and William appeared in public together for the first time since the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral in April.

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The Duke of Sussex appeared in high spirits as he made his second trip back to the UK this year.

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Gathering with Prince William and Prince Harry were their Spencer aunts and uncle, Lady Jane Fellowes, Lady Sarah McCorquodale, and Charles Spencer, the 9th Earl Spencer.

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The Duke of Sussex greeted one of his mother’s closest friends, Julia Samuel, who served on the statue committee.

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Prince Harry and Prince William also spent time chatting with Guy Monson (left), a member of the statue committee, and garden designer Pip Morrison (right).

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Graham Dillamore, Deputy Head of Gardens and Estates at Historic Royal Palaces, posed in the newly redesigned garden after the statue unveiling.

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Ian Rank-Broadley, the statue’s sculptor, posed for a photo with his piece, which was “based on the final period of her life as she gained confidence in her role as an ambassador for humanitarian causes.”

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The statue is situated in what was Diana’s favourite spot at Kensington Palace, the Sunken Garden.

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Royal fans left banners, paintings, and floral tributes at the palace gates to mark Diana, Princess of Wales’s birthday.

About author

Kristin is Chief Reporter for Royal Central and has been following the British royal family for more than 30 years. Kristin has appeared in UK and U.S. media outlets discussing the British royals including BBC Breakfast, BBC World News, Sky News, the Associated Press, TIME, The Washington Post, and many others.