The royal family marked the Princess of Wales’ 60th birthday on Thursday, July 1, by erecting a statue of her in Kensington Palace’s Sunken Garden. The ceremony, which was also attended by their aunts and uncles, was attended by Prince William and Prince Harry.
Earl Charles Spencer, Diana’s brother, tweeted a childhood photo of his late sister ahead of the unveiling. “Diana, Princess of Wales, celebrates her 60th birthday today.
Diana’s parents always remembered 1 July 1961 as an unusually hot English summer day “The photo’s caption, which was shared to the Althorp House Instagram account, read: “Park House, on the Queen’s Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, is where she was born. In this family image taken by Diana’s father, the 8th Earl Spencer, Park House can be seen in the background.”
Prior to her birthday, Charles told Good Morning Britain that he anticipated an “emotional” celebration. “I remember my father often talking about the day Diana was born, July 1, 1961, and how hot it was and how gorgeous this girl appeared,” he recalled. “It’s hilarious to be at the age where your somewhat older sister is 60.”
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“It will be an emotional day,” the Earl said, “but it will be a monument to a much missed and deeply loved sister, mother, and so on.”
He also revealed that he “always” places flowers at her burial on the Spencer estate’s little island. “I go a lot,” Charles said, “and it’s an oasis of calm and a great place to go.”
A week after Princess Diana died in a car accident on August 31, 1997, she was put to rest on the grounds of her family home. At the time, the Earl planted 36 oak trees, one for each year she lived, along the walk leading to her tomb.
William and Harry, who went to the UK from California last week to attend the opening, spoke about his late mother’s legacy and stated how much they mourn her in a joint message released on Thursday.
The brothers said, “We remember her love, strength, and character–qualities that made her a force for good around the world, impacting countless lives for the better.” “Every day, we wish she could be here with us, and our desire is that this statue will be seen as a symbol of her life and legacy for all time.”