Diana’s princes salute the peo­ple’s princess

The West Australian - - NEWS - Ellen Whin­nett Lon­don

Princes Wil­liam and Harry were to hold an in­ti­mate gath­er­ing overnight to ac­knowl­edge the legacy of their mother Princess Diana, ahead of the 20th an­niver­sary of her death today.

The princes, and Wil­liam’s wife Cather­ine, the Duchess of Cam­bridge, were to visit the White Gar­den, a stun­ning new gar­den in the grounds of Diana’s for­mer res­i­dence, Kens­ing­ton Palace, in Lon­don.

The tem­po­rary gar­den is ded­i­cated to Diana, who died aged 36 on Au­gust 31, 1997, in a high­speed car ac­ci­dent in Paris.

The princes and Cather­ine will be given a tour of the gar­den, and meet gar­den­ers who worked at Kens­ing­ton Palace when Princess Diana was in res­i­dence in the 1990s. They will in­spect some of Diana’s favourite flow­ers, in­clud­ing tulips, a car­pet of for­get-me-nots, daisies, and pots of clas­sic English white roses sur­round­ing a re­flec­tive pool.

The young roy­als will then meet rep­re­sen­ta­tives from char­i­ties that Diana sup­ported in the fi­nal years of her life, in­clud­ing the Great Or­mond Street Hos­pi­tal, the Na­tional Aids Trust, the Lep­rosy Mis­sion, Royal Mars­den Hos­pi­tal, the English Na­tional Bal­let and char­ity for the home­less, Cen­tre­point.

The me­mo­rial event comes as the young roy­als em­bark on their au­tumn royal pro­gram, with Wil­liam and Cather­ine mov­ing from ru­ral Nor­folk to Kens­ing­ton Palace as Wil­liam fin­ishes his job as a res­cue he­li­copter pilot and be­gins life as a full-time royal.

The two princes and Cather­ine will in­crease their pub­lic du­ties be­cause of the re­tire­ment from pub­lic life of the princes’ grand­fa­ther Prince Philip, 96, and the ad­vanced years of Queen Elizabeth, 91.

Pic­ture: AP

A tourist pho­to­graphs Princess Diana trib­utes and mem­o­ra­bilia out­side Kens­ing­ton Palace this week.

Pic­ture: Getty Im­ages

The White Gar­den is ded­i­cated to Diana.

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