Grinning Prince Harry and William set aside differences to unveil Diana statue

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Prince Harry and Prince William were all smiles as they set their differences aside to unveil a statue of their mum Princess Diana on Thursday.

A long-awaited statue of Diana, Princess of Wales was unveiled by the brothers in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace on what would have been her 60th birthday.

The figure of the princess, cast in bronze, is surrounded by three children and depicts Diana in the later years of her life.

Kensington Palace said the statue aims to reflect Diana’s "warmth, elegance and energy", while the children represent the "universality and generational impact of the princess’s work".

It added: "The portrait and style of dress was based on the final period of her life as she gained confidence in her role as an ambassador for humanitarian causes and aims to convey her character and compassion."

The royal brothers made no speeches during the ceremony, with the statue standing as their testimony to their mother.

William and Harry, who looked smart in dark suits with ties, arrived a few minutes early for the unveiling and stopped in a shrub-lined path outside the garden to chat to the chairman of the statue committee Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton.

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The royal brothers set the tone for the event as they shared a laugh with their former right hand man and could be heard chatting animatedly with the ex-Army officer.

The trio spent a few minutes together before Lowther-Pinkerton ushered them down a small flight of steps and into the garden to meet their first guests.

The brothers chatted to their uncle and aunts when they first arrived, walking into the immaculate garden together ahead of the brief ceremony.

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The troubled relationship of the royal brothers has made headlines around the world but as they entered the Sunken Garden they mirrored each other, walking with their left hands touching their stomachs.

Harry let out a laugh of appreciation when he saw his mother’s siblings and older brother William, who was a step ahead, greeted Lady Sarah McCorquodale kissing her on both cheeks and went on to warmly welcome his aunt Lady Jane Fellowes and uncle Earl Spencer.

Ever the joker Harry kissed his aunt Sarah on both cheeks then gave her two mock-pecks as she pointed her finger at him, and he also said his hellos to the rest of the Spencer family.

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William and Harry appeared in good spirits throughout the event, PA News Agency reports, laughing and joking with their guests and appearing at ease in each other’s company.

They both seemed interested in the changes to the garden, pointing to the beds filled with a range of flowers and plants, some their mother loved, as they chatted to their guests.

Beneath the statue is a plinth engraved with the princess’ name and the date of the unveiling.

In front of the statue is a paving stone engraved with an extract inspired by The Measure of A Man poem.

It reads: "These are the units to measure the worth,

"Of this woman as a woman regardless of birth.

"Not what was her station?

"But had she a heart?

"How did she play her God-given part?"

The delayed statue, which was due to be unveiled before the end of 2017, is situated in the Sunken Garden of Kensington Palace, which was one of Diana’s favourite places.

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