Twenty-three years after her tragic death, Princess Diana will be honored with a statue at Kensington Palace.
Despite their reported differences, Diana's royal sons Prince William and Harry made a joint statement, their first since Harry left the UK. They said, "The statue will be installed in the Sunken Garden of Kensington Palace on 1st July 2021, marking The Princess’s 60th birthday. The Princes hope that the statue will help all those who visit Kensington Palace to reflect on their mother’s life and her legacy.”
The statement noted that the statue was "commissioned to mark the twentieth anniversary of her death and recognize her positive impact in the UK and around the world."
In 2017, plans were underway to create the statue. Harry and William commissioned Ian Rank-Broadley, who is also responsible for the image of their grandmother Queen Elizabeth on the British coins.
At the time, Rank-Broadley said, "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.”
In 1997, Diana lost her life at the age of 36 after a high-speed car crash in Paris, which also killed her boyfriend Dodi Fayed and driver Henri Paul.