TODAY, July 1, marks a poignant day for the Royal Family as it would have been Diana, Princess of Wales’ 59th birthday, and her sons Prince William and Prince Harry will undoubtedly mark the day in their own special way.
Princess Diana was born Lady Diana Spencer and was the youngest daughter of John Spencer, 8th Earl Spencer and Frances Shand Kydd. Lady Diana was a nursery teacher’s assistant when she married Prince Charles and became Diana, Princess of Wales in 1981. The ceremony took place at St Paul’s Cathedral, and the couple soon welcomed two sons, Prince William and Prince Harry. Princess Diana was renowned for her charity work and was deeply loved by people all over the world, making today a heartbreaking affair for her fans and family.
Princess Diana’s sons, William and Harry, usually mark the day in private, although they have been known to make public appearances.
Last year, Prince William surprised royal fans on what would have been Princess Diana’s 58th birthday.
He stepped out of Kensington Palace to speak with members of the public who turned up to his late mother’s annual vigil.
The father-of-three arrived at the vigil just before 7pm, in time to greet and speak directly to the small crowd of fans who had arrived at 5.30am that morning in honour of the Princess.
July 1 marks what would have been Princess Diana’s 59th birthday (Image: Getty)
Princess Diana with her sons, Prince William and Prince Harry (Image: Getty)
John Loughrey, one of the fans in the group, told the Daily Mail: “William told me he knew we’d been coming here for years and thanked us for what we were doing for his mother.
“I’m still shaking now. I feel very emotional.”
The Prince also spoke of a long-planned statue being erected outside the palace in his mother’s memory.
When asked about the plans, Mr Loughrey said that the Duke of Cambridge told him: “Soon, very soon. We just want to make sure it is right. It is very important to get it right.”
A vigil is held for Princess Diana every year outside the gates of Kensington Palace (Image: Getty)
He was dressed casually and surrounded by a small security team.
This year’s vigil at Kensington Palace will almost certainly be cancelled due to rules around social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Additionally, the Prince will undoubtedly be holding his own memorial to his mother along with his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, and their three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.
Prince William has previously said he “constantly” speaks to his children about their late grandmother, whose photos he has proudly displayed all over his house.
Prince Harry spoke about his mother at last year’s Diana Award ceremony (Image: Getty)
Prince Harry will inevitably do the same with baby Archie as he starts to grow up and understand the world around him.
The Duke of Sussex honoured his mother’s 58th birthday last year by speaking at the Diana Award’s mentoring summit.
The Diana Award is a foundation set up in Princess Diana’s honour which supports youth leadership and development.
Prince Harry told attendees: “My mother, Princess Diana, was a role model to so many, without realising the impact she would have on so many lives.
“You do not have to be a princess or a public figure to be a role model, in fact, it’s equally valuable if you’re not because it’s more relatable.”
The Duke of Sussex then delved into the importance of fatherhood and what he has learnt from his experience of parenting baby Archie.
He added: “Perhaps it’s the newfound clarity I have as a father knowing that my son will always be watching what I do, mimicking my behaviour, one day maybe even following in my footsteps.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK