Over the past year, Princes William and Harry have paid heartfelt tribute to their beloved mother Princess Diana, in the 20th year since her devastating death.
And as part of their commemorations for their late mum, the young royals revealed earlier this year that a statue of her would be erected in Kensington Palace gardens.
The moving tribute will sit in the Sunken Garden. Earlier this year, the garden was especially decorated in white flowers as a symbol for the late ‘People’s Princess’.
And now, Kensington Palace has revealed who will have the prestigious honour of creating the important statue for her two sons. And you may recognise the legendary sculptor’s designs from something we all see every day!
Over on the palace’s Twitter account, the news was announced.
“The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry are pleased to announce that they have chosen Ian Rank-Broadley as the sculptor to create the statue of their mother Diana, Princess of Wales.”
It was also revealed that we won’t get a glimpse of the emotional tribute for another two years.
“The statue, which will be erected in the grounds of Kensington Palace, will celebrate the late Princess’s life and legacy. It is expected to be unveiled in 2019.”
Harry and William also said, “We have been touched by the kind words and memories so many people have shared about our mother over these past few months.
“It is clear the significance of her work is still felt by many in the UK and across the world, even twenty years after her death.”
And of Ian, they said, “Ian is an extremely gifted sculptor and we know that he will create a fitting and lasting tribute to our mother.
“We look forward to unveiling the statue, which will allow all those who visit Kensington Palace to remember and celebrate her life and legacy.”
So where might you recognise Ian’s designs from? Well, it seems of of his most famous works feature in most of our purses. Ian designed the image of Queen Elizabeth II that features on many coins currently in circulation. So it seems he already has connections with the royal family!
The ‘royal effigy’ features on all UK and Commonwealth coinage. And if you look close enough, Ian’s initials even feature at the very bottom of the image!
Given his previous work with the royals then, we’re sure sculptor Ian will do a fantastic job with the statue of Diana. And it seems he’ll certainly deliver something her boys will be proud of.