As shocking is it is, 2017 will mark 20 years since the tragic death of Princess Diana. On 31 August 1997, Diana was fatally injured in a car crash in the Pont de l’Alma road tunnel in Paris, which also caused the deaths of the other in the car as well. Her funeral saw the British television audience peak at 32.10 million, one of the United Kingdom’s highest viewing figures ever, while millions more watched all over the world.
Considering that Princess Diana was the “People’s Princess,” her unexpected death impacted many. Of course, losing their mother has made a lifelong impact on Prince William and Prince Harry as well — probably more than most can know.
They had to begin the process of grieving the loss of their mother at the ages of 15 and 12. Though they were young at the time, they have handled their grief and sense of responsibility to carry out their mother’s legacy incredibly well.
Now, 20 years after saying goodbye to their beloved mom, here is how the Princes and the rest of the Royal Family is honoring the late Princess Diana.
Kensington Palace announced that Diana’s sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, have created a committee to privately raise funds for the creation of the statue” which will be installed in the public gardens at Kensington Palace.
“It has been 20 years since our mother’s death and the time is right to recognize her positive impact in the UK and around the world with a permanent statue,” the Princes said in a statement. “Our mother touched so many lives. We hope the statue will help all those who visit Kensington Palace to reflect on her life and legacy.”
There are currently three monuments in London dedicated to Princess Diana, so this statue will be number four. Lady Sarah McCorquodale, Diana’s sister, will be one of six committee members who will decide on the statue’s sculptor as well as privately raise funds for it.
Princess Di was a true fashion icon. Glittering gowns, elegant suits and bold mini-dresses worn by Princess Diana will go on show in a new exhibition charting her style reign. “Diana: Her Fashion Story”, hosted in Kensington Palace, shows how she not only rewrote the rules of royal dressing with a more informal style but also expressed herself through her fashion choices.
Some of the highlights include, the discreet pale pink Emanuel blouse she wore for her engagement portrait in 1981 and the dazzling ink blue Victor Edelstein velvet dress she wore when she danced with John Travolta at the White House in 1985.
ABC has teamed up with People magazine for a four-hour documentary marking the 20th anniversary. It is set to air in August over two nights. It will feature interviews with close associates and Diana experts as well as archival footage. The special will also examine her enduring legacy two decades after she died.
“Princess Diana has appeared on the cover of People 57 times – more than anyone in the history of the [magazine],” People editor in chief Jess Cagle said in a statement. “Our audience has an insatiable appetite for news about the royal family; in fact, they are just as fascinated today as they were when Lady Diana was first introduced to the world back in 1981.”
Visit To Paris
Prince William is set to make his first official visit to Paris this March. He has not been to Paris publicly since his mother’s car accident. He will be accompanied by the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton. Though he has not publicly been there, Kensington Palace has said that he has visited before privately, perhaps to visit the spot where his mother was killed.
The official trip is to celebrate the friendship between Britain and France. William and Kate are not expected to visit the site where his mother was killed.