New garden to celebrate Princess Diana's life

Garden will coincide with new exhibition at Kensington Palace

An artist impression of how The White Garden will look. Image: supplied
An artist impression of how The White Garden will look. Image: supplied

A temporary garden is being created at Kensington Palace to pay tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales’ style.

The White Garden will be planted with flowers and foliage inspired by memories of the Princess’s life, image and fashion choices. Spring planting will include tulips and scented narcisii through a carpet of forget-me-nots.

In the summer, pots of classic English white roses will surround the reflective pool in the centre of the garden and the planting will become more exuberant, with glowing ornamental grasses weaving through.

The Princess lived at Kensington Palace for 15 years and often admired the changing floral displays in the historic Sunken Garden, often talking to the professional gardeners working there.

Kensington Palace gardens team leader Sean Harkin, said: "It’s a great privilege for myself and my team to care every day for the beautiful gardens of Kensington Palace, and we’re looking forward to creating a White Garden next year which celebrates the life of one the palace’s most famous residents, Diana, Princess of Wales. We hope to capture the energy and spirit which made her such a popular figure around the world."

The garden goes hand-in-hand with an exhibition about the Princess of Wales’ position as a fashion icon during her public life.  

‘Diana: Her Fashion Story’ will trace the evolution of an aspect of the royal which was heavily scrutinised from her earliest public appearances, from her early demure, romantic outfits to the glamour, elegance and confidence of her later life.

The exhibition will explore how she navigated her unique position in the public eye and used what she wore to further the causes she cared about.

Curator Eleri Lynn said: "Diana, Princess of Wales, was one of the most photographed women in the world. Our exhibition explores the story of a young woman who had to quickly learn the rules of royal and diplomatic dressing, who in the process put the spotlight on the British fashion industry and designers.

"We see her growing in confidence throughout her life, increasingly taking control of how she was represented, and intelligently communicating through her clothes. This is a story many women around the world can relate to."


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