Following Princess Diana’s tragic passing in August 1997, her two sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, have done everything they can to honor their mother’s legacy over the years.
In fact, in January 2017, both men shared their plans to commission a statue in their mother’s honor. Though there have been a few setbacks, the statue is now officially set to be unveiled on July 1, 2021.
Read on to learn more about the statue and what it means for the royal family.
Announced the Plans for the Statue 20 Years After Her Passing
There’s no question Diana’s death affected not just her family and her two sons, but the entire world. While there was certainly drama surrounding Diana and her relationship with the royal family, she was beloved by so many and worked hard to make the world a better place.
“It has been twenty years since our mother’s death and the time is right to recognize her positive impact in the UK and around the world with a permanent statue,” the brothers said back in January 2017 in a statement.
“Our mother touched so many lives. We hope the statue will help all those who visit Kensington Palace to reflect on her life and her legacy.”
Was Supposed to Be Unveiled in 2017
While the statue was initially supposed to be unveiled in 2017, the plans ultimately changed. Then, in August 2020, the royals announced they would be sharing the statue in 2021 to mark what would be Princess Diana’s 60th birthday.
“The statue will be installed in the Sunken Garden of Kensington Palace on 1st July 2021, marking The Princess’s 60th birthday,” William and Harry explained.
“The Princes hope that the statue will help all those who visit Kensington Palace to reflect on their mother’s life and her legacy.”
Will William and Harry Both Attend?
Harry and William are both slated to attend their late mother’s statue unveiling, but there is no question tensions will be running high. Following Harry and his wife Meghan Markle’s departure from the royal family, the two brothers have been open about not having the best relationship.
In fact, there is the possibility Harry will not be able to attend the ceremony, seeing as he and Meghan are expecting their second child this summer.
However, they did reunite for their grandfather, Prince Phillips’, funeral service last month and were spotted chatting following the ceremony. But, despite their rocky relationship, it’s fair to assume Harry and William will set their differences aside in order to honor their mother.