William, Catherine, and Harry visited the memorial White Garden at Kensington Palace to pay tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales. The event marked the 20th anniversary of Diana’s tragic death.
Kensington Palace’s historic sunken garden was transformed into a contemplative and reflective space in memorial of Diana, who often wandered these gardens and would stop to chat with the gardeners and visitors.
According to the Historic Royal Palaces’ website, the garden features: an elegant palette of tulips and scented narcisii through a carpet of ‘forget me nots'[…] pots of classic English white roses […] with glowing ornamental grasses weaving through Cosmos daisies and billows of graceful Gaura.”
For today’s event, the Duke and Duchess and Prince Harry met with the current gardener, Sean Harkin, who created the plans for the garden, an the former gardener, Graham Dillamore, who worked there over 30 years ago during Diana’s time at the Palace.
William, Catherine, and Harry toured the garden and were given a thorough explanation of the design and arrangements. They seemed in cheerful spirits given the grey weather and somber tone of the event.
Following a tour of the garden, the royals met with representatives from the late Princess’ charities, including Centrepoint UK, the English Ballet, and the Landmine Survivors Network. They spoke of the work and impact Diana had during her patronage and after.
Groups of people gathered at the security barriers outside the infamous gates of Kensington Palace to leave flowers, letters, and gifts. William and Harry met with these well-wishers, accepting their gifts and kind words.
It was quite an emotional and touching event, one that remained surprisingly upbeat and cheerful. The visit to the garden, meeting with charities, and chatting with well-wishers made for a touching and sweet tribute to a woman who was loved by so many.