Statue Of Princess Diana Unveiled At Kensington Palace
The bronze sculpture was unveiled today by Prince William and Prince Harry in the Sunken Garden of Kensington Palace.
The statue depicts The Princess of Wales, who would have been 60-years-old today, surrounded by three children. It has been erected as a permanent tribute to her and aims to reflect the impact of her work.
She places her hands on the shoulders of two of the children – a boy and a girl (who is shown holding the princess’s hand) – while the third child is slightly behind.
Inspiration for the statue came from the final period of her life where it is said the princess felt her most confident. She is shown with short hair wearing a blouse, a pencil skirt, and a wide belt.
Prince William and Prince Harry, who’s relationship has been somewhat strained, unveiled the statue they commissioned together and appeared to be in good spirits as they remember their mother on her birthday.
In a statement, the brothers have said: “Today, on what would have been our Mother’s 60th birthday, we remember her love, strength and character- qualities that made her a force for good around the world, changing countless lives for the better.
“Every day, we wish she were still with us, and our hope is that this statue will be seen forever as a symbol of her life and her legacy.”
“Thank you to Ian Rank-Broadley [the sculptor], Pip Morrison and their teams for their outstanding work, to the friends and donors who helped make this happen, and to all those around the world who keep our mother’s memory alive.”
The ceremony was small, intimate, and attended by Diana‘s brother and sisters amongst other guests.
Kensington Palace have said that Diana had “gained confidence in her role as an ambassador for humanitarian causes” and the statue “aims to convey her character and compassion”.
Beneath the statue is a plinth engraved with the Princess’ name and date of the unveiling.
A paving stone is engraved with an extract from the poem The Measure of A Man. The poem featured in the programme for the 2007 memorial service for the Princess.
The poem reads:
“These are the units to measure the worth
“Of this woman as a woman regardless of birth.
“Not what was her station?
“But had she a heart?
“How did she play her God-given part?”
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