Wednesday, 8 December 2021

Princes William and Harry to visit Diana’s memorial garden

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LONDON: 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.

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.

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

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.”

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