On the eve of the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death, Prince William, Duchess Kate and Prince Harry visited a garden at Kensington Palace created in memory of Diana, who died in a Paris car crash on Aug. 30, 1997.
The royal family was met at the all-white, sunken garden, during rainy weather, by representatives who work toward causes that Diana supported. These include the National AIDS Trust, homeless charity Centrepoint, The Leprosy Mission, Great Ormond Street Hospital, Royal Marsden Hospital, and the English National Ballet. They joined the royals for the event to commemorate “the significant achievements of the princess, and the legacy of her work which continues to resonate with so many today,” a spokesman said, as reported by People.
In creating the garden, Kensington Palace’s head gardener Sean Harkin chose all white flowers to honor the late princess. A total of 12,000 bulbs were planted last fall including some of Diana’s favorites including white lilies, white roses, gladioli, cosmos and fragrant nemesia.
Harkin and fellow gardener Graham Dillamore gave the royals a tour of the garden, pointing out the different flowers and explaining the design, Vanity Fair reported.
For the tour of the sunken garden, Duchess Kate wore an orange, red and green poppy-print dress from Prada. Poppies are traditionally a symbol of remembrance. The frock is a sort-of throwback to the ‘80s styles Diana wore when she was first married and a young mother, reported USA Today.
To commemorate Thursday’s 20th anniversary of Diana’s death, TV networks will air documentaries. In HBO’s “Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy,” princes William and Harry view their childhood photo albums put together by their mother and share some of their memories of Diana.