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How Princes William and Harry are honouring Princess Diana inside and outside Kensington Palace

By Anna Redman

hellomagazine.com

As the world prepares to mark the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana's death next year, Prince William and Prince Harry are busy overseeing plans to pay tribute to their mother at Kensington Palace.

While the late princess called the palace home for 15 years, it is now her children who have moved in to make new memories inside the historic royal residence. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, live in Apartment 1A, with Harry residing in Nottingham Cottage.

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Princess Diana looked sensational dancing at the White House with John Travolta in 1985

Next year, Princess Diana's life will be celebrated both inside and outside the palace walls. First, the late princess will be remembered for her iconic style. An array of private collectors and museums have signed on to loan blouses, dresses and Catherine Walker suits to Diana: Her Fashion Story, which will open to the public on 24 February. Some of the most exciting additions include a blue tartan coat from the Emanuels (who also designed Diana’s wedding dress), and the ink blue gown, made by Victor Edelstein, which the princess wore to dance with John Travolta at the White House in 1985. 

"She was clear about her likes and dislikes," Victor recalled. "She had a good eye for what would suit her."

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Princess Diana's White House gown was made by Victor Edelstein

The formidable fashion display will be complemented by a temporary White Garden in the palace grounds. Flowers, which are being specially selected to represent Diana's personality and style, include tulips, forget-me-nots and white roses. Of the upcoming floral feature Sean Harkin, the gardens team leader at Kensington Palace says: "We hope to capture the energy and spirit which made her such a popular figure around the world."

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The White Garden will be located in the palace grounds

A spokeswoman for Historic Royal Palaces told the Express that the garden has received the stamp of approval from the princes: "The Duke and Prince Harry have been supportive. They've seen the plans."