Princess Diana's Statue unveiling: Harry and William Reunite and Family Tributes


Princess Diana's Statue unveiling: Harry and William Reunite and Family Tributes

The Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex were reunited at the highly-anticipated unveiling of a statue of their late mother, Diana, Princess of Wales.

In a joint tribute, the royal brothers 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 were still with us, and our hope is that this statue will be seen forever as a symbol of her life and her legacy. 

"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."

Prince William, 39, was pictured driving in London ahead of the event, which will take place at the Sunken Gardens at Kensington Palace.

It marked the first time William and Prince Harry have been pictured together since the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral in April. The Duke of Sussex flew to the UK from Los Angeles last Friday in order to complete a period of isolation before attending the event.

The date marks what would have been Diana's 60th birthday, with tributes being paid around the world to the late Princess.

Royal fans flocked to the gates of Kensington Palace to leave flowers, banners and cards.

William and Harry, who looked smart in dark suits with ties, arrived a few minutes early for the unveiling and stopped in a shrub-lined path outside the garden to chat to the chairman of the statue committee Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton.


The royal brothers set the tone for the event as they shared a laugh with their former right-hand man and could be heard chatting animatedly with the ex-Army officer.

The trio spent a few minutes together before Lowther-Pinkerton ushered them down a small flight of steps and into the garden to meet their first guests.

Princess Diana's Statue unveiling: Harry and William Reunite and Family Tributes

Harry let out a laugh of appreciation when he saw his mother's siblings and older brother William, who was a step ahead, greeted Lady Sarah McCorquodale kissing her on both cheeks and went on to warmly welcome his aunt Lady Jane Fellowes and uncle Earl Spencer.

Ever the joker Harry kissed his aunt Sarah on both cheeks then gave her two mock-pecks as she pointed her finger at him, and he also said his hellos to the rest of the Spencer family.

Princess Diana's Statue unveiling: Harry and William Reunite and Family Tributes

Beneath the statue is a plinth engraved with the Princess' name and the date of the unveiling, while a paving stone in front is engraved with an extract after the poem The Measure of A Man by Albert Schweitzer, which was in the programme for the 2007 memorial service for the Princess.

It 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?"


Princess Diana's Statue unveiling: Harry and William Reunite and Family Tributes

Members of the Statue Committee there included Chairman Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton – former private secretary to both William and Harry, Gerry Farrell, Guy Monson, John Barnes from Historic Royal Palaces and Diana's close friend Julia Samuel, Prince George's godmother, who was pictured being greeted warmly by Harry. 

Princess Diana's Statue unveiling: Harry and William Reunite and Family Tributes

The 9th Earl Spencer was joined by his sisters, Lady Sarah McCorquodale, and Lady Jane Fellowes, as they walked through the crowds towards the princess's former home.


Princess Diana's Statue unveiling: Harry and William Reunite and Family Tributes

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A huge floral display, which says 'Princess Diana 60,' has been erected outside the gates of Kensington Palace.

Princess Diana's Statue unveiling: Harry and William Reunite and Family Tributes

Princess Diana's Statue unveiling: Harry and William Reunite and Family Tributes


Princess Diana's Statue unveiling: Harry and William Reunite and Family Tributes

A rare photo of Princess Diana from her childhood has been unearthed on social media. Her brother, Charles Spencer, released the heartwarming picture - taken by their late father John Spencer - on the official Twitter and Instagram pages for Althorp House.

The caption read: "Today is the 60th Birthday of Diana, Princess of Wales. Diana was born in Park House, on the Queen's Sandringham Estate in Norfolk which is seen in the background of this family photograph taken by Diana's father, the 8th Earl Spencer."

Princess Diana's Statue unveiling: Harry and William Reunite and Family Tributes




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