Beautiful statue of Princess Diana was unveiled today, on what would have been her 60th birthday, at Kensington Palace by Prince William and Prince Harry. They were joined by Diana’s siblings, Lady Sarah McCorquodale, Lady Jane Fellowes and Earl Spencer.
The brothers reunited to pull off the green cloth that had been covering the artwork, which shows the late royal standing with three children. She has been imagined in a fashionable high-waisted skirt and statement belt.
“The portrait and style of dress was based on the final period of her life as she gained confidence in her role as an ambassador for humanitarian causes and aims to convey her character and compassion.”
The decision to include children in the tribute pay homage to Princess Diana’s special ability to bond with people, particularly young ones.
Kensington Palace said Diana had “gained confidence in her role as an ambassador for humanitarian causes” and the statue “aims to convey her character and compassion.”
“The statue aims to reflect the warmth, elegance and energy of Diana, Princess of Wales, in addition to her work and the impact she had on so many people,” the palace said.
“The figure of Diana, Princess of Wales is surrounded by three children who represent the universality and generational impact of The Princess’ work.”
The bronze statue was designed by Ian Rank-Broadley and is 1.25x life size. Commenting on its meaning, the sculptor said: “Diana, Princess of Wales was an icon who touched the lives of people right around the world, so it has been a privilege to work alongside Prince William and Prince Harry on this statue which commemorates her life.
“We wanted to capture her warmth and humanity while showcasing the impact she had across generations. I hope that people will enjoy visiting the statue and the Sunken Garden, and taking a moment to remember The Princess.”