A ceremony was dedicated on Thursday, July 1, at The Sunken Garden in Kensington Palace, London, to unveil a bronze statue honoring Diana, Princess of Wales. It would have been Diana’s 60th birthday. An extract from the poem “The Measure of a Man” – which featured in the 2007 memorial service for the princess – is engraved on a paving stone in front of the statue. Her sons William and Harry appeared together at that event. It was the first time the brothers have been seen together publicly since the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral in April. The statue’s sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley also participated. Rank-Broadley called Diana “an icon who touched the lives of people right around the world.” The layout and planting scheme surrounding the new statue was drawn up by Morrison and produced by the Garden and Estates team at Historic Royal Palaces. More than 4,000 flowers were selected for the project including some which were known to be favorites of Diana.
The Sunken Garden was a favourite place of Diana, Princess of Wales. William and Harry paid tribute to Diana in a joint statement released through Kensington Palace following the low-key event. “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,”their message said. Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, was not at the event Thursday and has instead remained in California after giving birth to the couple’s second child Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana Mountbatten-Windsor.