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Diana’s 20th Death Anniversary: William and Harry Tour Garden

Joined by the Duchess of Cambridge, they toured the White Garden in the grounds of Kensington Palace.

As rain fell, William, Kate and Harry sheltered under umbrellas as they walked around the garden, of which Diana was particularly fond.

Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed cruising in Saint Tropez, South France

Aug 1997: Diana and Dodi al Fayed cruising in Saint Tropez, South France, just weeks before they were killed in a car crash in Paris

July 1962: Family album picture of Lady Diana Spencer at Park House, Sandringham, on her first birthday

July 1962: A family album picture of Lady Diana Spencer at Park House, Sandringham, on her first birthday

1968: Lady Diana Spencer  with her Brother Charles, Lord Alhorp (Earl Spencer)

1968: Diana with her brother Charles, Lord Althorp (Earl Spencer)

1970: A picture of Lady Diana Spencer from the family album, during a summer holiday at Itchenor, West Sussex.

1970: Diana during a summer holiday at Itchenor, West Sussex

1974: Diana with Souffle, a Shetland pony, at her mother’s home in Scotland during the summer holidays

Oct 1980: Diana alongside Camilla Parker-Bowles at Ludlow Races where Prince Charles was competing

Oct 1980: Diana watches Prince Charles finish second in the club amateur riders handicap steeplechase at Ludlow racecourse

Sept 1980: Diana, aged 19, at the kindergarten in St George’s Square, Pimlico, London, where she worked as a teacher

Nov 1980: Diana is pursued by the media near her London flat after being linked romantically with the Prince of Wales

Nov 1980: Diana leaves her flat at Coleherne Court in Earl’s Court

Feb 1981: Charles and Diana announce their engagement

July 1981: Earl Spencer accompanies his daughter at her wedding to the Prince of Wales at St Paul’s Cathedral

July 1981: The newly married Prince and Princess of Wales kiss on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after their wedding ceremony at St Paul’s

Aug 1981: Charles and Diana take a break during their country stroll along the banks of the River Dee, during a holiday at Balmoral Castle

June 1982: The proud couple on the steps of the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital with their son Prince William

1983: Diana and Charles watch an official event during their first royal Australian tour

Sept 1984: The Prince and Princess of Wales leave hospital with their new baby Prince Henry (Harry)

April 1985: Diana and Charles meet with Pope John Paul II during a private audience a the Vatican

July 1985: Diana and Charles stand with Bob Geldof in the Royal Box at Wembley Stadium at the start of the Live Aid Transatlantic Spectacular

Nov 1985: Diana wears a Victor Edelstein gown as she dances at a White House dinner with John Travolta. The gown sold for $222,500 during an AIDS charity auction

Nov 1985: US President Ronald Reagan and his wife Nancy welcome Princess Diana and Prince Charles at the White House

July 1985: Diana laughs with Carolyn Herbert in the Royal box at Wimbledon before the men’s singles semifinal between Jimmy Connors and Kevin Curren

June 1986: Prince Charles and pop stars look on as Princess Diana cuts a cake to mark the tenth year of the Prince’s Trust at a charity rock concert at Wembley

Feb 1987: Charles watches Diana and The Duchess of York in the snow at Klosters in the Swiss Alps

Aug 1987: Diana holds William, 6, and Harry, 3, as they pose during a photo session in Palma de Mallorca, Spain

June 1988: Diana in the driving seat of the ‘Striker’ tank, getting instructions from Sgt Chris O’Byrne on Salisbury Plain

Aug 1988: Prince Harry yawns as his mother holds him at Marivent Palace as guests of King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia in Mallorca

Sept 1989: Diana follows her sons Prince Harry, 5, and Prince William, 7, on Harry’s first day at the Wetherby School in Notting Hill, west London

Feb 1992: Diana sits alone in front of the Taj Mahal during a Royal tour of India

Feb 1992: Diana, William, and Harry applaud during the Wales vs France Five Nations Cup match at Cardiff Arms Park

April 1991: Diana meets an AIDS patient at the hospital of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil

Feb 1992: Diana holds the hands of Mother Teresa at the Missionary Sisters of Charity residence in Rome

Feb 1992: Charles kisses Diana after playing a game of polo with a Rajasthan team in Jaipur, India

Jan 1993: Diana relaxes on the sand during a visit to the beach on the Caribbean Island of Nevis

Jan 1993: Diana enjoys the splash of a wave during a morning swim on the Caribbean Island of Nevis

March 1993: Diana gives a high five to Danny Walters, a 29-year-old student onlooker, after her visit to the Riverpoint hostel for women in Southwark, London

Aug 1993: Diana ducks whilst descending a log flume water ride, Splash Mountain, at Walt Disney World in Florida. Prince Harry is shown front left

Dec 1993: Diana , patron of the National AIDS Trust, chats with singer George Michael before the start of the Concert of Hope in London to mark World AIDS Day

June 1994: Diana meets invited guests at the Serpentine gallery in Hyde Park

July 1994: Diana and Harry talk with Flavio Briatore, team manager for the Benetton Ford F-1 before the start of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone

Jan 1995: Diana attends an awards ceremony for the Council of fashion Designers of America, in New York

May 1995: The Prince of Wales, Prince William, Princess Diana and Prince Harry attend a ceremony in Hyde Park to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of VE Day

Aug 1995: Diana, Harry, William and Charles watch the parade march past as part of the commemorations of VJ Day in London

Sept 1995: Diana attends the concert ‘Luciano Pavarotti and friends together for the children of Bosnia’ in Modena, Italy

Feb 1996: Diana pulls on her head scarf as her friend Jemima Goldsmith does the same at the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital in Lahore, Pakistan

Jan 1997: Diana walks in a safety corridor of the landmine field in Huanbo, Angola, during a visit to help a Red Cross campaign outlaw landmines worldwide

July 1997: Diana comforts pop star Elton John as he weeps at a memorial mass for Italian fashion king Gianni Versace in Milan

Aug 1997: Diana comforts a woman during a visit to Sarajevo's Lion cemetery on one of her last engagements highlighting the suffering of landmine victims

Aug 1997: Diana comforts a woman during a visit to Sarajevo’s Lion cemetery on one of her last engagements highlighting the suffering of landmine victims

Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed cruising in Saint Tropez, South France

Aug 1997: Diana and Dodi al Fayed cruising in Saint Tropez, South France, just weeks before they were killed in a car crash in Paris

July 1962: Family album picture of Lady Diana Spencer at Park House, Sandringham, on her first birthday

July 1962: A family album picture of Lady Diana Spencer at Park House, Sandringham, on her first birthday

Thousands of white flowers and foliage – inspired by memories of Diana’s life, style and image, such as her white “Elvis” Catherine Walker dress – have been planted around the existing Sunken Garden.

The West London palace was Diana’s home until she died on 31 August 1997 in a car crash in Paris.

It became a focus for thousands of mourners who came to leave flowers and remember her.

The White Garden at Kensington Palace is already open to the public
Image:The White Garden at Kensington Palace is already open to the public

Fans of Diana have already begun leaving floral tributes and pictures of the princess at the gates of her former home to mark the two decades since she died.

 

:: Diana: The Princess of Wales

The princes were due to meet past and present gardeners, as well as representatives from the charities supported by Diana in the final years of her life, including Great Ormond Street Hospital, the National Aids Trust, The Leprosy Mission, Royal Marsden Hospital, English National Ballet and Centrepoint.

Before the visit, a Kensington Palace spokeswoman said: “Together, they will reflect on the significant achievements of the Princess, and the legacy of her work which continues to resonate with so many today.”

Diana in a white silk crepe dress and jacket by Catherine Walker on a visit to Hong Kong in 1989
Image:Diana’s ‘Elvis’ Catherine Walker dress helped inspire the royal gardeners

Later this year, the princes plan to erect a permanent statue of their mother in the palace grounds “to recognise her positive impact in the UK and around the world”.

In interviews described as the most personal they have ever given about their mother, the princes have described the personal anguish they experienced and the “raw” grief they still feel.

They have spoken of their regret over a “desperate rush to say goodbye” during their final phone call with their mother on the night she died.

The pair have also released three of their favourite photos from an album put together by Diana, including one where she is holding Prince William at the time she was pregnant with Prince Harry.

 

 

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