William, Harry to rededicate Diana’s grave


PRINCE William, Duchess Kate and Prince Harry will lead a special ceremony to rededicate Princess Diana’s burial site this Saturday, on what would’ve been her 56th birthday.

Royal officials announced the trio, along with William and Kate’s young children Prince George and Princess Charlotte, would attend the service.

It will be conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, in the grounds of Althorp House in Northamptonshire, on an island in a lake known as The Oval.

media_cameraPrince William, Prince Harry and Duchess Kate will attend a rededication of the grave of Princess Diana this Saturday, on what would’ve been her 56th birthday. Picture: Getty Images

media_cameraPrince William and Prince Harry at the funeral of their mother, Princess Diana, in 1997. Picture: AFP

The young royals will be joined by members of Diana’s family, at her final resting place within the picturesque Althorp Park’s Pleasure Garden.

Media will not be allowed to attend the memorial, and it emerged overnight that Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, would be in Canada at the time.

media_cameraAn aerial photo of the island where Princess Diana is buried in the grounds of the Spencer family estate in Althorp, England. Picture: AP

The new commemoration comes just less than two months before the 20th anniversary of Diana’s death in a Paris car crash in 1997.

Recent reports in UK media revealed that Diana’s island grave had fallen into disrepair, leading to her former personal chef Darren McGrady calling for an overhaul.

media_cameraDiana, Princess of Wales, with her sons Prince William and Prince Harry in 1988. Picture: Getty

A multi-million dollar project to redevelop the whole island was expected to be finished in time for the anniversary of her passing, which shook the world, on August 31.

“The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry will attend a private service to rededicate the grave of Diana, Princess of Wales at Althorp House on Saturday 1 July,” a Kensington Palace spokesperson said.

“The service, which will fall on what would have been The Princess’s birthday, will be conducted by The Archbishop of Canterbury and attended by her family.”

media_cameraThe young royals have spoken at length in recent years about the impact of their mother’s death and how her legacy carries on through them. Picture: AFP

It has also been announced that William and Harry have commissioned a statue of their mother, which will stand in the public gardens of her former home, Kensington Palace in London.

Originally published as William, Harry to rededicate Diana’s grave

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