A statue of Princess Diana commissioned by Prince William and Prince Harry is going to be installed on her 60th birthday in a very touching tribute.
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Diana Frances Spencer was born on July 1st, 1961.
via: GettyShe lived her formative years on the beautiful Sandringham Estate, a property her family actually rented from the royals.
She was a member of the aristocracy but still had a fairly normal childhood.
As a teenager, Diana struggled to find her place in the world.
via: GettyShe lived in London and worked a series of fairly low-paying jobs - although her mom did buy her a flat of her own for her eighteenth birthday, so she wasn't doing too badly.
But, in 1997, Diana met Prince Charles.
via: GettyA little known fact about the pair's relationship is that, before dating Diana, Charles had actually been dating her big sister, Sarah. Diana and Charles's relationship was pretty formal, with her reportedly calling him "sir" throughout their courtship.
Nonetheless, things moved pretty fast.
via: GettyAfter meeting only twelve times, Charles proposed to Diana. The pair announced their engagement in February 1981. During the broadcast, many remember Charles being oddly reluctant to say he was in love with Diana. They married on 29th July 1981 at St. Paul's Cathedral, and the wedding was watched by over 750 million people around the world, including Diana's three-and-a-half-minute walk down the aisle.
Soon after, the pair welcomed a baby into the world.
via: GettyThe two announced their pregnancy just four months after tying the knot, and, on June 21st of 1982, they welcomed Prince William into the world.
Soon after, Diana fell pregnant again.
via: GettyPrince Harry was born on 15th September 1984. However, although they were keeping up appearances, all wasn't quite so sunny in the relationship between Charles and Diana.
In spite of their marital difficulties, though ...
via: GettyOne thing Diana was absolutely dedicated to was being a mother. She had strong ideas about how she wanted her kids to be raised, often giving them more freedom than traditional royal heirs.
Diana was also known for her extensive charity work.
via: GettyShe was determined to use her massive platform to better the world and dedicated her life to many noble causes, including the land mine crisis.
She also made world news when she shook hands with an AIDS sufferer.
via: GettyUnlike the typical Royal wife, Diana was dead set on doing work for herself and for the betterment of the world, earning her the nickname "The People's Princess."
Her independence was likely a factor in the breakdown of her marriage with Charles.
via: GettyOn top of Diana's refusal to sacrifice her identity for the sake of her title, she and Charles also had a thirteen year age gap, which seemingly started to become a problem. Charles was also in a long-standing affair with Camilla Parker-Bowles, even wearing cufflinks she bought him on his honeymoon with Diana.
Charles and Diana eventually split in 1996...
But on 31 August 1997, tragedy struck the pair.
via: GettyThe car that the two were traveling in through the Pont L'Alma tunnel in Paris suffered a horrendous crash, which was fatal for both Diana and Dodi, plus their driver, Henri Paul.
Diana was taken to the nearby Pitie-Salpetriere Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Diana's death was mourned around the world.
via: GettyThe totally unexpected nature of her passing, alongside the fact that she was such a well-liked public figure, made her death and funeral into something of a media circus.
Diana's funeral was televised and held on September 6th of 1997.
via: GettyIt garnered viewing figures of over thirty-two million in the U.K, breaking all viewing records up to that point. Millions more watched around the world.
It seemed almost like a double tragedy...
via: GettyBecause, alongside the world losing a real force for good, two young boys were left without their mother.
Over the years, as the boys have grown into men, William and Harry have ensured Diana's memory hasn't been forgotten...
via: GettyAnd they regularly speak fondly of their late mom, who would have now been a grandma to 4 grandchildren.
It's truly heartbreaking to think of how close Diana would have been to her boys today...
The artwork will be a true reminder of the positive impact Diana had on the world.
via: Getty ImagesBoth William and Harry made a statement when the project was first announced saying that their mother "touched so many lives" and that they "hope the statue will help all those who visit Kensington Palace to reflect on her life and her legacy."
The statue was made by Ian Rank-Broadley, who is also responsible for the portrait of the Queen on British coins.
via: Getty ImagesOne thing's for sure, Princess Diana would be very proud of both her sons today. Keep scrolling to read more about Prince Harry's little family...