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Princess Diana's Brother Pays Heartfelt Tribute To His Late Sister On Her 60th Birthday
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Princess Diana's Brother Pays Heartfelt Tribute To His Late Sister On Her 60th Birthday


On what would have been Princess Diana's 60th birthday, her brother, Charles Spencer, remembered his late sister.

On Thursday, Spencer, formally known as the 9th Earl Spencer, attended the unveiling of a Diana memorial statue in Kensington Palace's Sunken Garden.

The event also included Diana's two sisters, Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Lady Jane Fellowes, the sculptor of the statue, Ian Rank-Broadley, members of the statue committee, and those involved in the garden redesign.

Spencer shared two photos from the event after the emotional ceremony, one of which featured his sister Lady Jane Fellowes standing beside him as the two posed for a photo with Diana's statue.

Today in Kensington, a good day,” he wrote.

Today was a good day in Kensington: pic.twitter.com/8mHqSlyujZ — Charles Spencer (@cspencer1508) July 1, 2021

Spencer also shared another photo from the unveiling, this time of Graham Dillamore, the deputy head of gardens and estates at historic royal palaces, posing in front of the princess' bronze statue.

Dillamore, who knew Diana and spoke with her on a regular basis when she visited the gardens, assisted in the redesign of the Sunken Garden, which will be the statue's permanent home.

“The Kensington Sunken Garden’s gardeners - heroes I met today,” Spencer wrote. “Graham (left) was gardener here in the 1980s, and he said to me this afternoon: ‘I loved your sister, and I promise to look after this garden to the best of my ability, until the day I have to move on,’ and I believe him.”

According to a Kensington Palace release, the garden, which was one of Diana's favorite spots, now includes a "calmer and more reflective setting for the statue," as well as more of her favorite flowers, including forget-me-nots.

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Spencer also shared a black-and-white throwback photo of Diana taken by their father, the 8th Earl Spencer, on Diana's birthday.

“Today is Diana, Princess of Wales’s 60th Birthday. 1 July 1961 was an exceptionally hot English summer’s day, Diana’s parents always remembered,” read the caption of the photo, which was shared by the Spencers’ Althorp House social media accounts. The earl runs the Althorp House and estate, which has been in the Spencer family for over 500 years.

This post was shared by Althorp House (@althorphouse) on Instagram.

Spencer previously discussed Diana's birthday milestone with "Good Morning Britain."

According to People, he said, "It's so funny to be of an age now where your slightly older sister's 60," and that "it will be an emotional day, but it will be a tribute to a much missed and much loved sister, mother, etc."

Along with Spencer's heartfelt tributes to Diana, Harry and William issued a moving statement following the unveiling of the statue.

“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 brothers wrote in a release shared by Kensington Palace.

See the photos below for more from the unveiling:

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William and Harry admire their mother's statue, which they commissioned.

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To commemorate what would have been Diana's 60th birthday, royal fan John Loughrey poses in front of lettered wreaths and pictures attached to Kensington Palace's gates.

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On Thursday in London, flowers and tributes to Princess Diana can be seen outside the Golden Gates of Kensington Palace.

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Diana's brother, Charles Spencer, and sister, Lady Jane Fellowes, arrive at Kensington Palace for the unveiling of the statue.

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Spencer, Fellowes, and Lady Sarah McCorquodale, Diana's other sibling, arrive for the unveiling.

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Harry and William arrive.

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The princes speak with Rupert Gavin, chair of Historic Royal Palaces (left), and Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, former private secretary to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, and member of the statue committee.

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Meanwhile, Guy Monson, a member of the statue committee, speaks with Harry, and the Duke of Cambridge speaks with garden designer Pip Morrison.

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The Dukes of Sussex and Cambridge greet their aunts, Lady Sarah McCorquodale (left) and Lady Jane Fellowes (right).

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The statue's unveiling is being planned by the brothers.

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Sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley created the bronze statue, which is 1.25 times the size of a human.

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The statue will be permanently installed in Kensington Palace's Sunken Gardens, which was a favorite haunt of Princess Diana.

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While Rank-Broadley converses with the Duke of Cambridge, Harry calls out for someone.

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in front of the statue.

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The Duke of Sussex smiles as he turns to face the camera.

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The brothers in a close-up.

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After the unveiling, sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley (L), Earl Spencer (C), and Lady Sarah McCorquodale watch.

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Following the unveiling, a paving stone engraved with an excerpt from the poem "The Measure of A Man" is shown.

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An examination of the extract in greater detail.

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