Stunning!Very Rare Portrait of Princess Diana Featured on New Magazine Cover

Princess Diana is gracing a new magazine cover nearly 20 years after her tragic death.

A very rare portrait of the late People’s Princess is featured on an upcoming special edition of Harper’s Bazaar UK. The issue is being released in conjunction with Kensington Palace’s newest exhibition, “Diana: A Fashion Story,” which opens on Monday, Feb. 27.

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The stunning new cover was released by Harper’s Bazaar UK via Twitter on Thursday, Feb. 2. “We celebrate Diana’s legacy with a collectors’ edition March cover in partnership with @KensingtonRoyal,” the magazine’s tweet read.

The portrait of Diana — shot by photographer Patrick Demarchelier — shows the royal clad in a floor-length black gown with matching heels. The black and white picture was last shown on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar UK‘s August 1995 issue, which was released following Diana’s visit to the US.

Demarchelier reportedly granted the magazine permission to reprint the image to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Diana’s passing. Prince William and Prince Harry‘s mother sadly died at age 36 in an August 1997 car crash in Paris.

The new Harper’s Bazaar UK issue will be exclusively sold at the shop inside London’s Kensington Palace and on the Historical Royal Palaces online shop.

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In late January, Diana’s sons, William, 34, and Harry, 32, announced they have commissioned a statue of the late royal to mark the passing of two decades since her death. “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.

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Diana with William and Harry in October 1985.

“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.

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“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.'”

“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.

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