Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, are set to pay homage to their late mother Diana, Princess of Wales. Her statue has arrived at Kensington Palace, London ahead of its official reveal on July 1 in the palace’s Sunken Garden, which is said to be one of the late princess’s most beloved spots on the grounds.
The ceremony will commemorate the People’s Princess in honor of what would have been her 60th birthday. This will be the royal brothers’ first in-person engagement since their grandfather Prince Philip‘s funeral in April this year. Prince Harry is expected to deliver a keynote speech at the event.
The Duke of Sussex has returned to the UK from the US without his wife Meghan Markle as she remains at their Santa Barbara home to take care of their newborn daughter Lilibet Diana and son Archie. However, the Duchess of Sussex is expected to virtually attend the ceremony.
According to Buckingham Palace, Diana’s close family will be in attendance, including members of the statue committee, the sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley, and the garden designer, Pip Morrison.
Prince Harry is known to be in quarantine until he receives a negative Covid-19 test result at the Sussexes’ UK residence, Frogmore Cottage, in Windsor, England. This is where his cousin, Princess Eugenie, now resides with her husband Jack Brooksbank and their baby son August, born in February.
Prince Harry and Prince William originally announced the statue’s commission in a joint statement in January 2017. “It has been 20 years since our mother’s death and the time is right to recognize her positive impact in the UK and around the world with a permanent statue. Our mother touched so many lives. We hope the statue will help all those who visit Kensington Palace to reflect on her life and her legacy,” the statement said.