Public Will Have Chance to Visit Princess Diana Statue on Anniversary of Her Passing

Royal enthusiasts in the U.K. will get to honor Princess Diana in a special way this year.

In case you missed it, a life-size statue of the late royal was unveiled by Prince Harry and Prince William on July 1, and while the new attraction is typically open to visitors from Wednesday to Sunday, Kensington Palace is making an exception on Tuesday, August 31, to honor the princess on the 24th anniversary of her passing.

Per Hello, a spokesperson from Historic Royal Palaces said, "We acknowledge that there will be interest in viewing the statue on that day. So we will be providing access to the Cradle Walk, which is essentially the beautiful walkway around the Sunken Garden. We will be opening that up, freely available, for passers-by or anybody who wants to stop and take a moment on that Tuesday, specially for the anniversary."

According to the official website, the statue aims to "reflect the warmth, elegance and energy of Diana, Princess of Wales, in addition to her work and the impact she had on so many people."

The late princess sadly died in a car crash on August 31, 1997, when her sons were only 12 and 15. To honor her memory, the royal siblings commissioned a statue in her honor to celebrate her positive impact. And after the piece was completed by sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley, it was installed at Kensington Palace on her 60th birthday. 

When it was finally unveiled, Prince William said in a statement, “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.”

We get the feeling Kensington Palace is going to be packed with plenty of visitors on Tuesday.

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