Little Known Facts About Diana, Princess of Wales
Little Known Facts About Diana, Princess of Wales

Little Known Facts About Diana, Princess of Wales

Shannon Quinn - January 7, 2021

Little Known Facts About Diana, Princess of Wales
The Queen standing in the pile of flowers in front of the palace. Credit: Alamy

2. The Entire Country Mourned, and Created Public Tributes to Diana

When Princess Diana died in 1997, the whole world mourned. Even as a child in the United States, I still remember when she died. But of course, nowhere on Earth was in deeper mourning than the United Kingdom. There were huge public tributes to Princess Diana all throughout London. Thousands of bouquets of flowers lined up along the front lawn of Kensington Palace. The pile of flowers outside of Buckingham Palace was so huge, it was 5 feet deep. Throughout London, there were other small shrines set up in her memory.

Prince Harry, who was 12 at the time, talked about what that was like in a documentary called Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy, which is available on HBO. “It was very, very strange after her death, the sort of outpouring of love and emotion from so many people that had never even met her.”Today, people still leave flowers at the gates of Buckingham and Kensington Palace on the anniversary of Princess Diana’s death, even though over 23 years have passed.

Little Known Facts About Diana, Princess of Wales
Kensington Palace. Credit: Shutterstock

1. There Will Be a Princess Diana Statue at Kensington Palace

After Princess Diana’s death, her sons Prince William and Harry took over the Princess Diana Memorial Foundation in Hyde Park. If you have ever visited England, you already know that there are statues of kings and queens in public parks and in front of palaces throughout the country. Since Diana was no longer a princess when she died, one was never made of her. William and Harry began planning the commission for the statue back in 2017, on the 20-year anniversary of her death.

The statue is currently scheduled to be erected on On July 1, 2021, where it will be placed in front of Kensington Palace. There is already a grand statue of Queen Victoria standing in front of the palace, since it was her former home. Now, finally, Diana can also be memorialized in the same way. During a press release, the princes said, “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.” Just like her funeral in Westminster Abbey, this surely goes against royal protocol. But the Queen has reportedly said that she fully supports this endeavor.

 

Where do we find this stuff? Here are our sources:

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Candle In The Wind: Elton John’s Tribute To Marilyn Monroe And Princess Di. Groovy History. 2020

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Former Royal Chef Reveals Princess Diana’s Fave Meal And What It Was Really Like Cooking For Her. Delish. 2020

Why the Princess Diana Engagement Ring Was Controversial. Brides Magazine. Christina Oehler. 2020

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