Prince William and Prince Harry want a statue of their mother, Princess Diana, erected at Kensington Palace to commemorate the anniversary of her death 20 years ago. An announcement came from Kensington Palace on Saturday, January 28 that Prince William and Prince Harry have already set things in motion with a committee to commission and privately raise funds for the statue.

The committee consists of six members, including Diana's sister, Lady Sarah McCorquodale, and her close friend, Julia Samuel.

The committee will give advice concerning the details of the statue, including the selection of a qualified sculptor to do the job. The committee will also work with Historic Royal Palaces about the statue's location in the public gardens for all to see.

Princess Diana

Princess Diana was 36-years-old when she was killed in a car accident in Paris on August 31, 1997. Even though it was two decades ago, Prince William and Prince Harry have helped to keep her memory alive by continuing to work with the many charities she started. At the time of her death, Prince William was 15-years-old, and Prince Harry was 12.

The proposed statue

Some things have already been decided. For instance, the sons believe the statue should be erected on the public grounds of Kensington Palace where Princess Diana once lived. She was loved by everyone all over the world.

A permanent statue would be a constant reminder to visitors of her life and legacy.

Artwork for the statue will begin soon, even though a sculptor has not been chosen yet, nor an unveiling date revealed. However, it is believed that the sons want it finished before the end of 2017, to coincide with the 20th anniversary of their mother's death.

Queen Elizabeth approves

Even though this will not be the first statue of Princess Diana, Queen Elizabeth approves of the proposal.

When the statue is erected, it will be the fourth monument dedicated to Princess Diana in total. More details will be shared with the public once the project is underway.

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