Princes Harry and William reunite to unveil statue of Princess Diana in honour of her 60th birthday

Publish Date
Friday, 2 July 2021, 9:38AM

Prince William and Prince Harry have come together today to honour their late mum Princess Diana on what would have been her 60th birthday.

The brothers unveiled a statue of Diana at her favourite spot in the Sunken Garden of Kensington Palace in a small and intimate ceremony, on the day she would have celebrated her milestone birthday.

William and Harry first commissioned the artwork in 2017, hiring sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley, whose portrayal of their grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, has been featured on British coins since 1998.

The bronze statue depicts Diana with her arms around two children with another little boy following behind.

The statue towered over the brothers as they revealed it to the world surrounded by 4,000 of her favourite flowers.

Beneath the commissioned piece, which the brothers had been working on since 2017, a plaque reads: "These are the units to measure the worth of this woman as a woman regardless of birth. Not what was her station? But had she a heart? How did she play her God-given part?"

Shortly after the ceremony, her beloved sons released a rare joint statement saying: "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 were still with us, and our hope is that this statue will be seen forever as a symbol of her life and her legacy," they said.

"Thank you to Ian Rank-Broadley, Pip Morrison and their teams for their outstanding work, to the friends and donors who helped make this happen, and to all those around the world who keep our mother's memory alive."

Diana's brother and sisters also attended the small ceremony but due to the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, many of Diana's friends were unable to attend.

Brothers William and Harry were last seen together when Harry flew into the UK from California for their grandfather Prince Philip’s funeral in April.

It has been 23 years since the beloved princess died at the age of 36 when the car she was travelling in crashed in a Paris tunnel on August 31, 1997 - when William and Harry were just 15 and 12.