Meaning behind children in the Princess Diana statue explained

The new memorial of Princess Diana was unveiled today by her two sons, The Duke of Cambridge and Duke of Sussex.

Prince William and Prince Harry reunited for the unveiling of their late mother's statue which shows Diana surrounded by three children.

The design, created by sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley, whose portrait of the Queen features on all UK coins, was kept secret ahead of the ceremony.

Diana’s hands are placed delicately on the shoulders of two of the children, with the girl holding the Princesses hand.

Another child is situated behind Diana, visible from the side and back.

Who are the children in the Princess Diana memorial statue?

The three children with Diana aren’t named – but instead have a very special meaning.

The children represent the “universality and generational impact” of her work.

Kensington Palace said Diana had “gained confidence in her role as an ambassador for humanitarian causes” and that the statue “aims to convey her character and compassion.”

Underneath the statue is Diana’s name alongside an extract from the poem ‘The Measure of a Man’.

It reads :

“These are the units to measure the worth

Of this woman as a woman regardless of birth.

Not what was her station?

But had she a heart?

How did she play her God-given part?”

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The statue was first commissioned by the two sons several years ago in 2017 to later be unveiled on what would have been her 60th birthday.

The two brothers said in a joint statement: “It has been twenty years since our mother's death and the time is right to recognise her positive impact in the UK and around the world with a permanent statue.

"Our mother touched so many lives. We hope the statue will help all those who visit Kensington Palace to reflect on her life and her legacy.”

It was created by sculptor, Ian Rank-Broadley who is well known to the Royal’s and also designed the Queen’s head which can be seen on coins across the UK today.

Talking about the statue in a statement, Ian said: “We wanted to capture her warmth and humanity while showcasing the impact she had across generations. I hope that people will enjoy visiting the statue and the Sunken Garden, and taking a moment to remember The Princess.”

The memorial of Diana is in the Sunken Garden at the London palace, it is available to view by the public from Friday.

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