Famous sculptor who made Princess Diana statue – and where you’ve seen his work

Prince Harry and Prince William have commissioned a Princess Diana statue to celebrate and recognise the positive impact that Diana had in the UK and around the world.

The statue was designed and erected in time for what would have been Diana's 60th birthday.

The statue has been placed in the Sunken Gardens at Kensington Palace – an area that Diana liked to enjoy with her two sons.

Just a select few were invited to the Princess Diana statue unveiling, including the famous sculptor who designed the statue.

A royal source told The Mirror: "This is a small event and a very personal moment for the family.

"Plans have been scaled back due to the current COVID-19 restrictions and media arrangements reflect both the size and tone of the event."

Who designed the Diana Statue?

Artist Ian Rank-Broadley was commissioned to create the sculpture of the late people's princess.

Ian is a world famous sculptor who has created iconic pieces of art for decades across many mediums and countries.

The Diana statue is not Ian's first piece of royal art. In 1997 he won a competition with the Royal Mint to create the portrait of The Queen that appears on coins.

In 2007 he also designed the joint portrait of The Queen and Prince Philip for the crown coin on their 60th wedding anniversary.

Ian's sculptural works can be found in the British Museum and his bronze plaque of The Queen is still seen at the Supreme Court in London.

Despite Ian's accolades, some have shared dismay that he be picked for the statue.

Historian and author Dr Tessa Dunlop took to Twitter to demand: "Why the hell has the Diana statue been designed by a MAN?

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"Ian Rank-Broadley is great at coins, medals, the Queen and soldiers… everything DIANA was not."

In a statement released by Prince Harry and Prince William, they stated that Ian Rank-Broadley is "an extremely gifted sculptor and we know that he will create a fitting and lasting tribute to our mother."

Ian said: “It is my sole and highest intention to fulfil the expectations of Their Royal Highnesses in creating a lasting and fitting memorial to their late mother Diana, Princess of Wales.”

The Sunken Garden, where the statue is placed, is said to have been one of Diana’s favourite places at Kensington Palace while she lived there for 15 years.

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Sean Harkin, head gardener at the Sunken Garden told Vogue: “She would stop by and talk to the gardeners when she was living here.

“She might be going out for a jog or a walk in the park and if it was early and it was quiet, she would have a chat with them.

“I hope that the garden is joyful, a celebration of Princess Diana’s life. I’m hoping the people come, and they feel uplifted by the garden, remember how Princess Diana made them feel.”

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