Princess Diana’s statue: All you need to know about the three children standing alongside her
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Prince William and Prince Harry reunited to unveil a new statue of their mother, the late Princess Diana on what would have been her 60th birthday.
On Thursday the brothers showed a united front as they revealed the statue sculpted by Ian Rank-Broadley commissioned in 2017 to honour the 20th year since Diana’s passing.
The Princess does not stand alone and is surrounded by three children which initially may have seemed confusing.
A supporting statement has since explained that the three anonymous children represent the universality and generational impact of the Princess’ charity work.
During her life, Diana was a patron of over 100 charities and well known for her philanthropy and support of causes including the AIDs crisis and eliminating land mines.
Commenting on the statue and its meaning, the sculptor, Ian Rank-Broadley said: “Diana, Princess of Wales was an icon who touched the lives of people right around the world, so it has been a privilege to work alongside Prince William and Prince Harry on this statue which commemorates her life.
“We wanted to capture her warmth and humanity while showcasing the impact she had across generations. I hope that people will enjoy visiting the statue and the Sunken Garden, and taking a moment to remember The Princess.”
The statue sits in the sunken garden of the Palace which was one of Princess Diana’s favourite parts of the royal residence.
The statue is engraved with a verse from the poem The Measure of a Man , which was featured in the program for Diana's memorial service in 2007.
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?"
Diana's siblings, The Earl Spencer, The Lady Sarah McCorquodale, and The Lady Jane Fellowes, in addition to the Statue Committee, the sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley, garden designer Pip Morrison all attended the unveiling.
Princes William and Harry released a joint statement in which they shared their hopes that the statue would serve forever as a symbol of their mother’s legacy.
The statement 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.
“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.”
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