A highly anticipated event. The statue bearing the effigy of Princess Diana was unveiled this Thursday, July 1 by Princes Harry and William, who put their differences aside for an afternoon. The British, who were eager to find out, were able to see Lady Diana surrounded by three children. Regarding her clothes, she is wearing a blouse with small buttons, three of which are open. She also wears a straight skirt that reaches her above the knee. To put it all together, there is a very wide belt adorned with a large rectangular medallion. This set did not come straight from the imagination of Ian Rank-Broadley, the author of this work. According to information published by Paris Match this Sunday, July 4, the artist was inspired by the photo of the princess’s greeting card, dating from 1994. On it, she wears the same clothes as the statue. Only two differences are notable. The first is the princess’s haircut, which is much stricter than the original but also the children since she is surrounded by princes Harry and William on the map unlike her statue.
Huge tributes. For this work, Ian Rank-Broadley wanted to highlight the life of Lady Diana. Indeed, on this bronze statue, she is surrounded by three children. A very precise choice since the first wife of Prince Charles was, throughout her life, committed in favor of childhood and in particular with the association called The chain of hope. This allowed children from underprivileged countries to come for surgery in the United Kingdom. It also supported other causes including the fight against AIDS and the fight against anti-personnel mines. Another tribute, the text written on the base of this one. This is an excerpt from the poem The Measure of A Man, which talks about the important role a woman plays in her life. It was read during the mass in honor of Lady Diana, organized in 2007 on the occasion of the ten years of her disappearance. At over two meters tall, Ian Rank-Broadley’s work is located in Kensington Palace Gardens in Sunken Garden. A place much loved by Princess Diana but also filled with great memories.
Statue of Lady Diana: why has she been so criticized?
While it was eagerly awaited, the statue in tribute to Princess Diana, who died in August 1997, was the subject of numerous criticisms from Internet users, who wondered the meaning of it. Quickly, Kensington Palace wanted to provide some clarification: “The bronze statue represents the warmth, elegance and generosity of Princess Diana”, we can first read in a statement published by The Guardian. Subsequently, it was Ian Rank-Broadley, the author of this work, who spoke in turn. “The objective of the statue is to maintain her memory. It is a symbol of the impact that Lady Diana has had through the generations,” he says. What about the three children by his side? They “refer to the humanitarian work of the Princess of Wales”, the statement concludes. This is the reason why Lady Diana poses with three children, instead of her two sons.
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