On what would have been her 60th birthday, July 1, 2021, a statue of Princess Diana will be installed at Kensington Palace. The statue was commissioned by Prince William and Prince Harry, her only two children.
Diana passed away in August 1997 after a car crash on the Pont D'Alma Bridge in Paris. William was 15 at the time while Harry was just 12, Good Morning America reports.
"The statue that Prince William and Prince Harry have commissioned to commemorate their mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, will be installed next year on what would have been her 60th birthday," Kensington Palace said in a statement.
The statue will be sculpted by Ian Rank-Broadly who is well known for his work in England. While the work of art was originally set to be installed in 2019, Kensington Palace said that the "design stages of the statue of Diana, Princess of Wales have progressed but installation has been delayed as a result of COVID-19."
The coming of the statue has been anticipated since William and Harry made a joint statement about its conception in 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," they said.
"Our mother touched so many lives. We hope the statue will help all those who visit Kensington Palace to reflect on her life and legacy," they continued.
They added, "Ian is an extremely gifted sculptor and we know that he will create a fitting and lasting tribute to our mother."
A joint statement between William and Harry is rare now that Harry lives in the US, showing that they are still united in honoring their mother's legacy.