The Outfit Depicted In Princess Diana's Statue May Have Been Inspired By What She Wore In Her 1993 Holiday Card
On July 1, a statue of Princess Diana debuted at Kensington Palace's Sunken Garden. Since the late royal was a bonafide style icon, many wondered if she would be depicted wearing one of her more famous ensembles.
The monument wound up showing Diana dressed in a V-neck, long-sleeved shirt, in addition to a knee-length pencil skirt that features a large buckle belt.
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The palace released a statement on the rendering, stating, "The portrait and style of dress was based on the final period of her life as she gained confidence in her role as an ambassador for humanitarian causes and aims to convey her character and compassion."
Soon after, a social media user posted a photo from 1993, which seems to be what Diana's outfit was based on.
The photograph, which shows the mom-of-two in a very similar style of shirt and skirt alongside Prince William and Prince Harry, was included in her holiday card, as that year was the first Christmas she celebrated on her own, having separated from Princes Charles the year prior.
The statue was created by sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley, who revealed that he asked her two sons for input on the design.
"Uppermost in my mind was to do something for the princes, the princess was a very public figure and in many respects an icon — but she was somebody's mother," he shared. "So I paid the greatest heed to both princes in what they had to say."
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"In many ways it was a collaborative effort," the artist revealed. "They described their mother and in many ways there were private moments that were related – one certainly got the feeling she was an enormous amount of fun and [loved] playing jokes."
"They made a huge contribution," he insisted. "I could say the sculpture belongs to them as well — they helped make it."