Memories of the beloved late Princess Diana of Wales continues on nearly two dozen years after her tragic death. Last week, the first of July on what would have been her 60th birthday, her sons unveiled a bronze statue in her honor, recently erected at one end of the Sunken Gardens at Kensington Palace. Extensive renovations included a long reflecting pool and some of her favorite flowers as a space to reflect her life and legacy.
The Sunken Garden was first designed and constructed in 1908 when this part of the gardens was previously occupied by potting sheds and greenhouses, according to Historic Royal Palaces (https://www.hrp.org.uk/kensington-palace). Kensington Palace was once a small and suburban villa, known as Nottingham House. William and Mary chose the mansion in 1689 to be their country retreat. Over the years, Stuart and Georgian monarchs transformed the palace into a fashionable home for Britain’s young royal families.
Princess Diana and Prince Charles lived here after their wedding in 1981. Currently it is the residence of Prince William and his family. Look carefully in the photo below to find the Sunken Garden. It’s located upper center right.