Celebrating “the queen of people’s hearts” on her 60th birthday
60 years have passed since the birth of the beloved “people’s princess” and a flurry of commemorations have been planned for this important milestone. We remember the vibrant woman who left her mark on so many lives, on what would have been Diana’s 60th birthday on July 1st.
The most poignant celebration is the installation of a statue in the garden of Kensington palace on July 1st by her sons William and Harry. Created by the artist Ian Rank-Broadley, the sculpture is said to recognise Diana’s “positive impact”. Famed for creating the iconic effigy of the queen that is found on British and Commonwealth coins – the choice of this artist is by no means inconsequential!
The unveiling of the statue could present an opportunity for the best post-humous gift Diana will receive on this significant occasion. Not the statue itself, but the opportunity for her sons to rekindle their brotherly bond, which has been plagued with rumour and speculation over “Megxit” and the separation inflicted by the COVID pandemic.
Diana’s London apartment will also receive a blue plaque from the charity English Heritage. A blue plaque traditionally marks spaces associated with noteworthy Brits, and Diana’s will be placed at her Coleherne Court flat to honour the late princess. Diana shared this flat with friends before her marriage to Charles, and fans of The Crown will recognise the building from season four when Diana announces her engagement to her friends.
A trailblazing English rose
Remembered for being so much more than a representative of The House of Windsor, Diana really was a woman ahead of her time. Taking life into her own hands and blazing her own path as a fashion icon, humanitarian and a remarkably compassionate human being.
Possessing buckets of charisma and drive, one cannot help but wonder what more she may have accomplished and who she may have been in 2021. She would, no doubt, have taken pride in her sons’ work with mental health and their continuation of her charitable legacy!
Her sons’ continuing work with The Royal Foundation would make Diana immensely proud of their concerted efforts to shatter the stigma around mental health by starting conversations - and they are leading by example! Both the Duke of Cambridge and The Duke of Sussex have discussed their own mental health challenges publicly in recent years (especially with respect to their mother’s untimely death). Through their mental health campaign, Heads Together, they hope to encourage people to talk openly about their experiences of depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts.
Iconic status should not overshadow the very real person we honour today
Public interest in Diana remains high, particularly as we remember her on the occasion of her 60th birthday. We should remember Diana not only as the woman who “stole the show” with iconic outfits, but also the very real person and her struggles. Significantly, only now, 26 years later, is the BBC being held to account over the Martin Bashir interview that had such dire consequences for Diana, her family and the monarchy.
How you can remember Diana this July…
Australia most certainly has its legions of Diana fans who will no doubt be looking for a way to commemorate her legacy on what would have been her 60th Birthday.
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“I know that I can give love for a minute, for half an hour, for a day, for a month, but I can give. I am very happy to do that and I want to do that”
- Diana, Princess of Wales.