Diana’s princes salute the people’s princess
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.
A tourist photographs Princess Diana tributes and memorabilia outside Kensington Palace this week.
The White Garden is dedicated to Diana.