A commemorative statue of Princess Diana will be commissioned for Kensington Gardens.
A commemorative statue of Princess Diana will be commissioned for Kensington Gardens.

Princess Diana statue to sit outside William’s home

THE DUKE of Cambridge and brother Prince Harry, will commission a statue of their beautiful mother, the Princess of Wales, to be erected adjacent to the Duke's new home.  

The statue will be located in the public gardens at Kensington Palace, which the was the venue of an incredible outpouring of grief for the princess when she died in 1997.   

The statue is one of a growing list of commemorative events being organised for the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana's death. 

She was 35, and her two sons 15 and 12, when she was killed in a car accident in Paris on August 31, 1997.  

Last week's announcement comes on the back of the Queen's decision to increase the official role of Prince William, handing him several patronage roles as he moves his family to their new residence in Kensington Palace later this year.   

A committee has been organised to commission the statue design and privately raise funds for its construction, as well as advise on the selection of the sculptor and work with Historic Royal Palaces on the statue's installation.

In the joint statement, the princes said: "It has been 20 years since our mother's death and the time is right to recognise her positive impact in the UK and around the world with a permanent statue.  

"Our mother touched so many lives.   

"We hope the statue will help all those who visit Kensington Palace to reflect on her life and her legacy."  

The date for the unveiling of the statue is hoped to be set for before the end of 2017.


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