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Where we've seen Diana's statue outfit before

Where we've seen Diana's statue outfit before

The Princess of Wales will stand forever in the gardens of Kensington Palace, as a sculpture meticulously curated over several years with painstaking detail, which has finally been presented to the world.

Prince William and Prince Harry have been central in the making of their mother’s statue, having commissioned the project in 2017.

Diana’s face, along with the three children depicted with her, "will be seen forever as a symbol of her life and her legacy", her sons said in a joint statement.

The brothers reunited on July 1, in honour of Diana’s 60th birthday, to unveil the statue in the Sunken Garden.

The clothing in the statue is likely to have been inspired by the Princess of Wales' 1993 Christmas card.

In that photo Diana is adorned in a blue collared shirt with a high neck, the buttons undone, a black belt with a large golden buckle and a black pencil skirt.

While it is not confirmed, the statue of Diana bears a striking similarity to the outfit.

The 1993 Christmas card came at a pivotal time in Diana's life, just one year before she separated from Prince Charles.

In 1993 Diana and Charles chose to send out separate Christmas cards – a public display to signify that their marriage had well and truly come to an end.

The royal used the separation to her advantage, however, and carved out a new role for herself by throwing her energy into her charities.

In a statement Kensington Palace said that “the statue aims to reflect the warmth, elegance and energy of Diana, Princess of Wales, in addition to her work and the impact she had on so many people.

"The portrait and style of dress was based on the final period of her life as she gained confidence in her role as an ambassador for humanitarian causes and aims to convey her character and compassion."

Diana is surrounded by three children "who represent the universality and generational impact of The Princess' work".

Prince William and Prince Harry wanted the statue to recognise their mother's positive impact across the world.

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