Nearly 20 years after Princess Diana's tragic passing, her sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, are honoring the late royal in a very special way.
William, 34, and Harry, 32, have commissioned a statue of Diana to mark the passing of two decades since her 1997 death. The brothers announced the news via the official Kensington Palace Instagram page on Sunday, Jan. 29.
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"A statue of Diana, Princess of Wales will be erected in the grounds of Kensington Palace at the request of her sons, The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry," the statement began.
Diana with William and Harry in April 1993. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
"The Princes have convened a committee to commission and privately raise funds for the creation of the statue. This committee will advise on the selection of the sculptor and will work with Historic Royal Palaces on the statue's installation in the public gardens at Kensington Palace," the message continued.
"The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry said: 'It has been twenty years since our mother's death and the time is right to recognize her positive impact in the UK and around the world with a permanent statue,'" the statement read. "'Our mother touched so many lives. We hope the statue will help all those who visit Kensington Palace to reflect on her life and her legacy.'"
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"While the sculpting of the statue will begin soon, it is not currently possible to advise when it will be unveiled. It is hoped that this will occur before the end of 2017. Further announcements on the statue's sculptor and design will be made in due course," the message concluded.
Harry and William at the Concert for Diana in 1997. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Diana sadly passed away on Aug. 31, 1997 from a fatal car crash in Paris, France. She was just 36-years-old at the time of her death. Her two children, William and Harry, were ages 15 and 12 when their mother died.
In the summer of 2007, William — who now has two kids of his own, son Prince George, 3, and daughter Princess Charlotte, 1, with wife Kate Middleton — and Harry marked the 10-year anniversary of Diana's passing with a memorial concert.
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Singers including Elton John, Fergie, Pharrell, Donny Osmond, Rod Stewart, and Josh Groban all performed at The Concert for Diana held at London's Wembley Stadium on July 1, which would have been Princess Diana's 46th birthday.
Click through the gallery below to see Diana's cutest photos with William and Harry!
Diana adorably holding baby William alongside Prince Charles.