While unveiling Princess Diana's statue at Kensington Palace's Sunken Garden will be the main event on July 1, the committee behind the ceremony also made sure the area was in tiptop shape for the big day by planting hundreds of flowers.
According to a press release, more than 200 roses, 100 forget-me-nots — Diana's favorite — 500 lavender plants, 100 dahlias, 50 sweet peas and 300 tulips have been added to the land.
In addition, garden designer Pip Morrison made deeper flower beds and added more lawn space which "create a calmer and more reflective setting for the statue."
"This has been a very special project to work on, as the Sunken Garden was a favourite place of Diana, Princess of Wales," shared Morrison. "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."
Morrison is one of the select few invited to the statue ceremony, alongside the sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley, Diana's three siblings and her sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, who commissioned the project in 2017.
"While she was in residence at Kensington Palace, Diana, Princess of Wales regularly admired the changing floral displays in the Sunken Garden and would always stop to talk with me and the other gardeners who cared for it," revealed Graham Dillamore, Deputy Head of Gardens and Estates at Historic Royal Palaces.
"Over three decades later, I’m honoured to have been part of the team preparing the garden for the installation of this statue," he continued. "We’ve incorporated a number of the Princess’s favourite flowers into the design, and I hope that visitors to the palace and gardens will enjoy its peaceful setting, and take a moment to reflect on the life and legacy of the Princess."