William and Harry to tour memorial garden on eve of 20th anniversary of mother’s death

Thousands of flowers have been planted in memory of the princess as her sons lead tributes to her 20 years on since her death.

The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry are to pay tribute to their mother, Princess Diana, with a visit to her memorial garden on the eve of the 20th anniversary of her death.

Joined by the Duchess of Cambridge, they will tour the White Garden in the grounds of Kensington Palace.

  1. Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed cruising in Saint Tropez, South France
  2. July 1962: Family album picture of Lady Diana Spencer at Park House, Sandringham, on her first birthday
    July 1962: A family album picture of Lady Diana Spencer at Park House, Sandringham, on her first birthday
  3. 1968: Lady Diana Spencer  with her Brother Charles, Lord Alhorp (Earl Spencer)
    1970: A picture of Lady Diana Spencer from the family album, during a summer holiday at Itchenor, West Sussex.
  4. Aug 1997: Diana comforts a woman during a visit to Sarajevo's Lion cemetery on one of her last engagements highlighting the suffering of landmine victims
  5. Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed cruising in Saint Tropez, South France
  6. July 1962: Family album picture of Lady Diana Spencer at Park House, Sandringham, on her first birthday
Thousands of white flowers and foliage – inspired by memories of Diana’s life, style and image, such as her white “Elvis” Catherine Walker dress – have been planted around the existing Sunken Garden, of which the Princess was particularly fond, to remember her.

The West London palace was Diana’s home until she died on 31 August 1997 in a car crash in Paris.

It became a focus for thousands of mourners who came to leave flowers and remember her.

The White Garden at Kensington Palace is already open to the public
Image: The White Garden at Kensington Palace is already open to the public

Fans of Diana have already begun leaving floral tributes and pictures of the princess at the gates of her former home to mark the two decades since she died.

The princes will be met by past and present gardeners, as well as representatives from the charities supported by Diana in the final years of her life, including Great Ormond Street Hospital, the National Aids Trust, The Leprosy Mission, Royal Marsden Hospital, English National Ballet and Centrepoint.

A Kensington Palace spokeswoman said: “Together, they will reflect on the significant achievements of the Princess, and the legacy of her work which continues to resonate with so many today.”

Diana in a white silk crepe dress and jacket by Catherine Walker on a visit to Hong Kong in 1989
Image: Diana’s ‘Elvis’ Catherine Walker dress helped inspire the royal gardeners

Later this year, the princes plan to erect a permanent statue of their mother in the palace grounds “to recognise her positive impact in the UK and around the world”.

In interviews described as the most personal they have ever given about their mother, her sons have described the personal anguish they experienced and the “raw” grief they still feel.

They have spoken of their regret over a “desperate rush to say goodbye” during their final phone call with their mother on the night she died.

The pair have also released three of their favourite photos from an album put together by Diana, including one where she is holding Prince William at the time she was pregnant with Prince Harry.

Source: skynews

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