20 years ago the world tragically lost one of the most iconic women of our time. Princess Diana. And today her sons, prince Harry and Prince William are praying tribute to their mother. Susana Victoria Perez (@susana_vp) has more. Buzz60
LONDON — There’s nothing more English than a beautiful garden, and no one more English than Princess Diana, so that’s where Princes William and Harry chose to pay tribute to their mother on Wednesday, on the eve of the 20th anniversary of her death.
Clutching umbrellas, the princes and Duchess Kate of Cambridge, William’s wife, visited the Sunken Garden in the grounds of Kensington Palace — their current central London residence and Diana’s former home.
The engagement was to be the young royals’ sole public appearance before the anniversary, aimed at highlighting their mother’s life and her charitable legacy. They are expected to spend the actual day of the anniversary in private.
It was also the first engagement of the new era in Will and Kate’s life, as full-time working royals. They have spent the last two years living mostly at their country retreat in Norfolk near to where Will had a part-time job as a helicopter pilot for an air ambulance service.
Now they’re going to be based mostly at their sprawling apartment at the palace. Their son, Prince George, 4, is to start at his new school on Sept. 7 across the Thames in Battersea.
Unlike the years when Will and Harry were boys arriving for their first day of school with Diana, watched by a mob of media, Will and Kate are seeking a more low-key arrival to be covered only by a small pool of photographers, according to a palace statement.
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This year, the palace Sunken Garden has been transformed into a White Garden, dedicated to the late princess and planted with some of her favorite flowers, including white tulips, daffodils and scented hyacinths.
The princes and Duchess Kate learned about the garden’s design and planning from the head gardener, Sean Harkin, and met Graham Dillamore, a palace gardener who knew Diana from her frequent visits there.
After strolling the garden, the young royals met with some of the representatives of the main charities Diana supported in her final years, including hospitals, the National Aids Trust, the English National Ballet and Centrepoint, the homelessness charity.
Kensington Palace said in a statement the meeting was a chance to talk about Diana’s significant achievements and the legacy of her charity work which continues to resonate.
Kensington Palace said the white gardens, first established at Sissinghurst Castle in Kent — a county south of London known as the “garden of England” — allow visitors to reflect in a “peaceful and contemplative” setting. The palace’s White Garden opened in the spring and will continue until September.
Diana and her boyfriend Dodi Fayed died in a car crash in Paris on August 31, 1997. The princess was 36.