Pictures: Princes unveil Stroud artist’s Diana sculpture

A STATUE unveiled today in memory of Princess Diana was designed by an artist from Stroud.

Ian Rank-Broadley, who is based in Box, created the artwork which was launched in Kensington Gardens on what would have been her 60th birthday.

Diana’s sons, Princes Harry and William, hosted the unveiling ceremony, which was a “small event and a very personal moment for the family”.

Mr Rank-Broadley, who has a long track record of creating images of the Royal Family, was among the guests.

Both in good spirits, the princes pulled off a green curtain draped over the memorial to reveal the touching artwork.

They didn’t give a speech – but instead released a statement to the media.

It reads: “Today, on what would have been our mother’s 60th birthday, we remember her love, strength and character – qualities that made her a force for good around the world, changing countless lives for the better.”

The statue features the princess with her arms around two children, with another stood beside.

It also features an extract from the poem The Measure of a Man.

“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 Palace said in a statement.

Stroud sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley has a long track record of creating images of the Royal Family, was among the guests.

|The brothers commissioned the statue in 2017 to mark the 20th anniversary of their mother’s death.

Referring to Mr Rank-Broadley, Harry and William said in a statement: “Ian is an extremely gifted sculptor and we know that he will create a fitting and lasting tribute to our mother.”

In his own statement, Mr Rank-Broadley said of the statue: “It is my sole and highest intention to fulfil the expectations of Their Royal Highnesses in creating a lasting and fitting memorial to their late mother Diana, Princess of Wales.”

The monument has been erected at Diana’s former home Kensington Palace in its Sunken Garden, which has been filled with more than 4,000 flowers and offers a “calmer and more reflective setting” for the permanent tribute to the princess.

It can be viewed from the Cradle Walk, which is free to visitors during the palace’s opening hours.

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