On July 1, 2021, the day that would have been Princess Diana's 60th birthday, a statue will be installed to honor her life and legacy, according to People. Today, Princes Harry and William issued a rare joint statement announcing the memorial. The news comes just days before the 23rd anniversary of Diana's death in 1997.
The statue will be in the garden of Diana's former home, Kensington Palace, and, the statement explains, allow visitors to "reflect on her life and legacy." The statement is the first joint communication from the princes since Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, moved to California with their son, Archie.
Plans for the statue were originally announced back in February 2017, 20 years after her death. Harry and William's new statement explains that a statue had been "commissioned to mark the twentieth anniversary of her death and recognize her positive impact in the U.K. and around the world."
"The statue will be installed in the Sunken Garden of Kensington Palace on 1st July 2021, marking The Princess’s 60th birthday," the statement adds. "The Princes hope that the statue will help all those who visit Kensington Palace to reflect on their mother’s life and her legacy."
People adds that William and Harry commissioned Ian Rank-Broadley, the man that designed the image of Queen Elizabeth that's used on British currency since 1998, to create the statue. Diana’s sister, Lady Sarah McCorquodale, and former chief of staff, Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, were also consulted on choosing Rank-Broadley and in the conceptualization of the design itself.
"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," Rank-Broadley said in December 2017.
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