Prince Harry joined his brother Prince William to unveil a statue of their late mother Princess Diana Thursday to mark what would have been her 60th birthday.
The statue was unveiled in Kensington Palace’s redesigned Sunken Garden, with Harry, William and members of Diana’s close family, including her brother Charles Spencer, attending the event.
Diana, Princess of Wales’s brother and sisters have arrived at Kensington Palace for the unveiling of her statue on what would have been her 60th birthday. They turned up on foot, just walking through the gathered crowds and stopped for a moment to look at the tributes #Diana60 pic.twitter.com/tfSyRrycd7
— Rebecca English (@RE_DailyMail) July 1, 2021
— The Diana Award (@DianaAward) July 1, 2021
William and Harry 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, 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.”
Prince Charles reportedly opted out of attending because he didn’t want to be a distraction.
The garden, in London, U.K.’s Hyde Park, will be open to the public to visit for free as of Friday, in line with Kensington Palace’s opening hours.
According to Harper’s Bazaar, five gardeners spent over 1,000 hours transforming the space ahead of Thursday’s event, with it now featuring a “more streamlined design and larger lawn” to create “a calmer and more reflecting setting for the statue.”
A look at some of the work that went into redesigning the @HRP_palaces Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace to fully showcase the commemorative Princess Diana statue by Ian @RankBroadley. Over 4,000 flowers were planted, including her favourite forget-me-nots and pastel roses🌹🌸🍃 pic.twitter.com/OeafmDdQbq
— Omid Scobie (@scobie) June 30, 2021
Harry appeared at the unveiling after completing his quarantine. He travelled from California, where he lives with wife Meghan Markle and their kids, 2-year-old Archie and newborn Lilibet Diana, to the U.K. last Friday.
Harry and William last reunited at Prince Philip’s funeral on April 17.
Diana, who shares Harry and William with Charles, died on August 31, 1997 following a car crash in Paris, France. She was 36.