Kensington Palace has revealed the new Sunken Garden design where the commemorative statue of Princess Diana will now stand — and it’s filled with over 4,000 breathtaking flowers.
Unveiled on what would have been Princess Diana’s 60th birthday, the beautiful redesign includes 200 roses, 500 lavender plants, 100 dahlias, 50 sweet peas, 300 tulips and 100 forget-me-nots — the Princess of Wales’ favourite flower.
Work on the garden first began in October 2019, with gardeners spending a total of 1,000 hours on the mass planting project. Created by garden designer Pip Morrison, the new layout includes gorgeous bright new blooms, while “retaining the historic structures”.
According to Kensington Palace, the garden has a simplified layout of deeper flower borders, more generous lawn space and a pool to create a “calmer and more reflective setting for the statue”. A pocket of peace and quiet, it really is incredibly breathtaking.
“This has been a very special project to work on, as the Sunken Garden was a favourite place of Diana, Princess of Wales,” Pip Morrison who designed the new layout of the garden, told Tatler. “We have worked carefully to ensure that the new layout and planting scheme compliments the statue, providing a calming place for people who visit Kensington Palace to remember The Princess.”
While Princess Diana was in residence at Kensington Palace, she regularly admired the changing floral displays in the Sunken Garden, often talking to the gardeners who cared for it. Now a space to reflect the life and legacy of the Princess, the redesign provides a calming area for all who visit.
The grand unveiling of the Diana memorial statue, presented by Prince William and Prince Harry, took place on Thursday 1st July. Due to coronavirus restrictions, the event was much smaller than originally planned, with just a handful of Spencer relatives in attendance.
In a statement, Prince William and Prince Harry said: “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.
“Every day, we wish she were still with us, and our hope is that this statue will be seen forever as a symbol of her life and her legacy.
“Thank you to Ian Rank-Broadley, Pip Morrison and their teams for their outstanding work, to the friends and donors who helped make this happen, and to all those around the world who keep our mother’s memory alive.”
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