Prince William and Prince Harry have come together to honor their late mother, Princess Diana.
The Duke of Cambridge and The Duke of Sussex were seen together on Thursday to unveil a statue of the Princess of Wales on what would have been her 60th birthday.
The event takes place in the Sunken Garden of Kensington Palace in London. This is the brothers’ second public meeting since Harry, 36, and his wife Meghan Markle stepped down from royal duties more than a year ago. The statue was commissioned by the siblings in 2017.
“Today, on the occasion of what would have been our mother’s 60th birthday, we remember her love, strength and character – qualities that made her a force for good in the world changing countless lives for the better, ”the brothers said in a statement released by Kensington Palace.
“Every day, we want her to be always with us, and our hope is that this statue will be considered forever as a symbol of her life and her legacy,” they shared.
“Thank you to Ian Rank-Broadley, Pip Morrison and their teams for their outstanding work, to the friends and donors who made this happen, and to everyone around the world who keeps our mother’s memory alive,” the statement concluded.
The princes were joined by Diana’s sisters, Lady Sarah McCorquodale, Lady Jane Fellowes, brother Earl Charles Spencer, close friend Julia Samual, former Kensington Palace private secretary Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton and other members of the statue committee.
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Kensington Palace previously announced that the sculpture was created by Ian Rank-Broadley, who also created the image of Queen Elizabeth II which has been used to decorate all British coins since 1998.
Five gardeners spent more than 1,000 hours remodeling the Sunken Garden, a princess favorite, before the unveiling, Harper’s Bazaar reported. It now features more than 4,000 planted flowers and a larger lawn to create “a calmer, more reflective setting for the statue,” Kensington Palace said in a statement.
The space showcases a variety of spring and summer flowers, including 100 forget-me-nots, a Diana favorite, as well as 200 five-variety roses, 300 tulips, 500 lavender plants, 100 dahlias and 50 sweet peas.
“While in residence at Kensington Palace, Diana, Princess of Wales regularly admired the changing flower arrangements in the Sunken Garden and always stopped to speak with me and the other gardeners who cared for them,” Graham Dillamore, deputy director of gardens. and Estates at Historic Royal Palaces, the store said in a statement.
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“More than three decades later, I am honored to have been part of the team preparing the garden for the installation of this statue,” he explained. “We have incorporated a number of the princess’s favorite flowers into the design, and I hope visitors to the palace and gardens enjoy its peaceful setting and take a moment to reflect on the princess’s life and legacy. . “
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Diana died in 1997 from injuries sustained in a car accident in Paris. She was 36 years old.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.