Her sons, Princes William and Harry, unveiled the statue of Princess Diana on her 60th birthday.
Ian Rank-Broadley created the 1.25-times-life-size bronze statue. Princess Diana two sons commissioned it back in 2017. It is now on display in the Sunken Garden of Kensington Palace.
The statue of Diana is flanked by three children who represent the “universality and generational impact” of her work. Princess Diana was well-known for her philanthropy, having supported over 100 charities.
“Diana, Princess of Wales, was a global icon who touched the lives of millions of people. We wanted to capture her warmth and humanity while also highlighting her influence across generations. The sculptor was quoted as saying, “I hope that people will enjoy visiting the statue and the Sunken Garden, and taking a moment to remember The Princess.”
The late princess is depicted in a casual front-pleated shirt, a high-waist pencil skirt, and a belt with a large buckle on the statue. According to the palace, the artist carefully selected this outfit for the statue to represent “the final period of her life. As she gained confidence in her role as an ambassador for humanitarian causes and aims to convey her character and compassion.”
A paving stone in front of the statue is engraved with an excerpt from the poem The Measure of a Man.
A paving stone in front of the statue is engraved with an excerpt from the poem The Measure of a Man. “These are the units to measure the worth of this woman as a woman, regardless of birth.” the lines read. ‘Had she a heart?’ rather than ‘What was her station?’ ‘How did she perform her God-given role?’.
In a statement, Prince William and Prince 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 was still with us,” the note continued, “and our hope is that this statue will be seen forever as a symbol of her life and legacy.”
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