The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge finally got to host a postponed reception in Kensington Palace’s sunken garden to mark the unveiling of a statue in honor of William’s late mother, Princess Diana’s. The initial unveiling of Princess Diana’s statue, designed by artist Ian Rank-Broadley, was back in July by both Prince William and Prince Harry, on what would have been Diana’s 60th birthday.
Due to the still ongoing global pandemic, the event had only a limited guest list, while the formal reception had to be postponed entirely.
And now, finally, after three months, Kate and William hosted the event this Tuesday, where they thanked donors who had helped back the project.
This time the guest list was more expansive, counting around 100 guests, which included Diana’s close friends, former staff and relatives.
Surprisingly, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were not present. Although there is no official reason for why the couple didn’t fly back for the ceremony, it is understood that Prince Harry has privately been in touch with donors to show his gratitude.
It has been quite the busy weeks for Kate Middleton and Prince William, who hosted his first Earthshot Prize event last Sunday.
The event, which now will be held every year, has the goal of finding inspiring and innovative solutions to environmental challenges from around the world. For this debut event guests were asked to follow a special dress code, which asked attendees to “consider the environment when choosing their outfit.”
At this year’s event, Prince William revealed that next year the USA will be hosting the awards ceremony, saying that its leadership was “essential.”
He added: “I hope everyone watching understands more about the urgent challenges facing our planet in this decisive decade.
“And I hope that our Earthshot winners have shown you that there is no place for despair.
“You should feel inspired to act and to demand that the solutions you’ve seen tonight get all the support they need.”