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Statue will remember Norfolk-born Diana, Princess of Wales

Princess Diana takes the young Prince William, Prince Harry and Peter Phillips to see the museum at Sandringham, in 1988. Picture: EDP Library

Princess Diana takes the young Prince William, Prince Harry and Peter Phillips to see the museum at Sandringham, in 1988. Picture: EDP Library

A statue of Norfolk-born Diana, Princess of Wales, will be created by a sculptor whose portrait of the Queen appears on UK coins, Kensington Palace has announced.

Diana pictured during her childhood at Park House, Picture: John HocknellDiana pictured during her childhood at Park House, Picture: John Hocknell

The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry revealed in January that they had commissioned the statue of their mother, 20 years on from her death.

They have selected renowned artist Ian Rank-Broadley to carry out the work, expected to be unveiled in the grounds of Kensington Palace in 2019.

Newly engaged Harry and expectant father William also expressed gratitude for the outpouring of support they received in the months surrounding this year’s poignant milestone.

Diana, who was born and spent her early years at Park House, Sandringham, suffered fatal injuries when the car in which she was travelling crashed in Paris on August 31, 1997. She was 36.

Diana's Norfolk birth place, Park House. Picture: EDP libraryDiana's Norfolk birth place, Park House. Picture: EDP library

The royals said in a joint statement: “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 20 years after her death.

“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.”

A floral tribute left at Sandringham in memory of Diana on the 20th anniversary of her death this year. Picture: Chris BishopA floral tribute left at Sandringham in memory of Diana on the 20th anniversary of her death this year. Picture: Chris Bishop

Mr Rank-Broadley’s most recognised work is his effigy of the monarch, which has been on all coins in the UK and Commonwealth since 1998.

More recently, his bronze work depicting the harrowing realities of war became the focal point of the Armed Forces Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum, Staffordshire, when it opened in 2007.

Responsding to the princes, he said: “It is my sole and highest intention to fulfil the expectations of their royal highnesses in creating a lasting and fitting memorial to their mother Diana, Princess of Wales.”

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