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Princess Diana's statue arrives at Kensington Palace ahead of unveiling

The late Princess would have been 60 on 1 July

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Diane Shipley
Senior Online Writer
27 June 2021
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Princess Diana's statue has arrived at Kensington Palace ahead of its official unveiling on Thursday, 1 July and is now securely stored in a box on the grounds.

The special event will take place to commemorate the late Princess of Wales in honour of what would have been her 60th birthday.

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Her children Prince William and Prince Harry will both be in attendance, in their first joint engagement since the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral in April.

Harry has flown to London from California but will not be joined by his wife Meghan as she remains at their Santa Barbara home with their youngest child, daughter Lilibet Diana, who was born earlier this month, and son Archie, two.

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Like Princess Charlotte, little Lili was given the middle name Diana in honour of her late grandmother.

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Ahead of the unveiling, the Duke of Sussex was pictured being chaffeured in a van from London Heathrow Airport on Friday afternoon, according to The Daily Mirror.

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Princess Diana's statue will be unveiled on 1 July 

MailOnline published photographs which showed him arriving at Los Angeles International airport the previous evening ahead of his flight to London.

Harry must self-isolate for five days until he is able to do a 'test to release', which will allow him to leave self-isolation once he receives a negative result.

He is staying at the Sussexes' UK residence, Frogmore Cottage, where his cousin, Princess Eugenie, now lives with her husband Jack Brooksbank and their baby son August, who was born in February.

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The statue will commemorate the late Princess of Wales

After Eugenie and Jack moved into the house in November 2020, a friend told HELLO!: "Eugenie and Harry have always been close and they chat privately all the time.

"It was Harry who suggested she and Jack could use Frogmore Cottage because it is much bigger than their cottage at Kensington Palace. It is a case of one family member reaching out to another."

Harry also quarantined at the royal residence ahead of his grandfather's funeral.

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