Princes William and his younger brother Harry lost their mother, Diana, twenty years ago. On Monday, royals announced sculptor for new Princess statue, which should be placed in the Kensington Palace’s White Garden, planted in honour of Princess Diana.
Kensington Palace said that Diana statue would be unveiled in 2019 approximately. while William and Harry have announced the name of the sculptor – Ian Rank-Broadley. His effigy of the Queen Elizabeth II has appeared on all UK and Commonwealth coinage since 1998, so now he got a new important project. Mr Rank-Broadley will design the statue of Diana, the first wife of the heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles.
The 36-year-old woman was killed when the limousine carrying her and her lover Dodi al-Fayed crashed in a Paris tunnel in August 1997. Diana and Charles’ sons were 15 and 12 at the time.
Both princes released an official statement, which reads:
“Ian is an extremely gifted sculptor and we know that he will create a fitting and lasting tribute to our mother.”
Statue project will be finished by 2019
In January, the brothers commissioned a statue in honour of their mother, who died in a Paris car crash 20 years ago to be erected outside their official London home Kensington Palace. The anniversary of Diana’s death and all those good memories about their late mother touched the brothers a lot,
“It is clear the significance of her work is still felt by many in the UK and across the world, even twenty years after her death,”
Prince William and Prince Harry said.