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Statue Of Princess Diana Unveiled At Kensington Palace By Prince William And Prince Harry

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Statue Of Princess Diana Unveiled At Kensington Palace By Prince William And Prince Harry

A statue of Princess Diana has been unveiled at Kensington Palace today (1 July).

At a ceremony in the palace's gardens, Diana's sons Prince William and Prince Harry removed a green veil that was covering the statue.

Willian 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.

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In a joint statement, the pair said it was an emotional day and a fitting tribute to their mother on her birthday.

It 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.

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"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."

According to reports, Harry let out a laugh of appreciation when he saw his mother's siblings.

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.

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Socially distanced from the Spencers was Diana's good friend Julia Samuel, who is a godparent of Prince George, and as she chatted to Harry the duke turned around to point something out in the garden.

William was heard shouting 'Gerry!' as he shook the hand of Gerry Farrell, the director of the Sladmore Gallery, who was a member of the six-strong statue committee which helped organise the artwork.

According to the press in attendance, both William and Harry appeared in good spirits throughout the event, laughing and joking with their guests and appearing at ease in each other's company.

They both seemed interested in the changes to the garden, pointing to the beds filled with a range of flowers and plants, some their mother loved.

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Princes Diana sadly died following a car crash in Paris in August 1997.

Prince Harry recently revealed that he considered turning to alcohol and drugs to deal with the pain of his mother's death.

Speaking with Oprah Winfrey over the course of three episodes as part of Apple TV's The Me You Can't See, Harry looked back at the impact her passing had on him.

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He said: "It was like I was outside of my body and just walking along doing what was expected of me."

Harry struggled to cope in his twenties and early thirties, he explained, adding: "I was willing to drink, I was willing to take drugs, I was willing to try and do the things that made me feel less like I was feeling."

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Topics: Statue, Royal Family, Princess Diana

Dominic Smithers
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