Statue of Diana, Princess of Wales to be installed on her 60th birthday

By John MacIntyre - Paisley Scotland via Wikimedia Commons

The statue of Diana, Princess of Wales commissioned by her sons The Duke of Cambridge and The Duke of Sussex, will be installed on 1 July 2021, which would have been her 60th birthday.

The statue was commissioned in 2017 to mark the 20th anniversary of her death and to recognise her positive impact in the United Kingdom and around the world. It will be installed in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace. The announcement stated that 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 statue has now passed the design stage, but the installation has been delayed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds for the statue were raised through public donations with a small committee of close friends and family – including her sister Lady Sarah McCorquodale, working on the project. In December 2017, it was announced that Ian Rank-Broadley had been commissioned to design the statue. It had initially been expected to be completed in 2019.

Diana, Princess of Wales, was married to The Prince of Wales from 1982 until their official divorce in 1996. She was killed in a car accident in Paris the following year.

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