Princess Diana statue unveiled at Kensington Palace—see the first images

Princess Diana statue is unveiled at her 60th birthday tribute at Kensington Palace

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A Princess Diana statue has been unveiled by Prince Harry and Prince William at a private event at the Sunken Gardens in Kensington Palace

A Princess Diana statue was unveiled in tribute for what would have been the late Princess' 60th birthday. 

This memorial statue was organized by her sons Prince William and Prince Harry who came together to plan this event for their late mother.

Although this was a private event with a limited guest list due to the pandemic, the press was ready for the event many hours before the unveiling began. 

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The statue itself was an image of Princess Diana that that was created by the sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley. 

The statue featured an image of Princess Diana with her hands holding onto three small children.

The statue of Diana sat on a plinth which was inscribed with her royal title, 'Diana Princess of Wales.'

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Prince William and Prince Harry with the statue

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Princess Diana statue

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This event was the first time since the death of Prince Philip at the age of 99, that Prince Harry and Prince William have been able to see one another. 

‘United in grief’ Prince Harry and Prince William walked shoulder to shoulder at Prince Philip’s funeral as they both paid tribute to their grandfather's memory.

Although many asked, 'Can Prince Philip’s funeral bring the royal family back together?' Royal fans were unsure if the tension had truly subsided. 

However, images of the brothers at today's ceremony may have eased some royal fan's concerns.

At the unveiling of the statue, the two Princes were photographed chatting with one another and smiling as they paid tribute to their late mother's memory.

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Also invited to this event were various members of Princess Diana's family, including her brother Charles Spencer who according to Sky News, helped William and Harry orchestrate the event. 

A statement revealed, "In addition to close family of Diana, Princess of Wales, members of the statue committee, the sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley, and garden designer, Pip Morrison, will also be present."

Princess Diana's sisters Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Jane Fellowes, Baroness Fellowes were also pictured at the event.

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Kensington Palace’s Sunken Garden was filled with 4,000 flowers ahead of statue unveiling. This garden was also filled with many of Princess Diana's favorite flowers and ones that were particularly meaningful to the Princess.

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Following the event, Prince William and Prince Harry honored Princess Diana in heart-breaking post that was shared on the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's Instagram page.

The joint message read, "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."

The brothers continued to write in the post, "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 and Prince Harry"

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