Today is a meaningful day for Prince William and Prince Harry, as they've unveiled a long-awaited statue dedicated to their mother, Princess Diana, on what would have been her 60th birthday.
The statue, created by sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley, was an idea conceived by the brothers back in 2017, and has today been unveiled in its new home in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace.
It was a highly anticipated appearance from Prince William and Prince Harry, who have only been seen in public together once over the past year, at their grandfather Prince Philip's funeral back in April. The siblings have had a difficult relationship in recent times, with Prince Harry describing his relationship with William as one of "space" in a tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey earlier this year.
Despite this, however, William and Harry have humbly come together for the important celebration of their mother's life, and it's lovely to see. In the photographs from the event, the pair can be seen talking to one another, and jointly lifting the cover off the statue to reveal it to the small invite-only crowd also present.
According to a statement from Kensington Palace, the statue - which depicts the Princess of Wales in her thirties, shortly before her death - aims to "reflect the warmth, elegance and energy of Diana, Princess of Wales, in addition to her work and the impact she had on so many people."
The figure is surrounded by three children, who are designed to "represent the universality and generational impact of The Princess’ work." The official statement adds that "the portrait and style of dress was based on 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."
The brothers also jointly shared a statement on what the statue means to them. "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," William and Harry said.
"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 went on to thank Ian Rank-Broadley, as well as everyone else who was involved in the creation of the statue, for their "outstanding work" which has enabled them to "keep our mother’s memory alive."
It's so nice to see Prince William and Prince Harry united again, and hopefully this will be a helpful step on the road to the recovery of their once-close relationship.
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