Saturday, July 1 might be a day where Canadians celebrate their pride for their country but it also happens to be Princess Diana‘s birthday. She would’ve been 56 (still so young!) but instead, this year marks the 20th anniversary of her death. In honour of their late mother, Prince William and Prince Harry are paying their respects with a service at her grave site.
Kensington Palace said in a brief statement to The Telegraph: “The service, which will fall on what would have been the Princess’s birthday, will be conducted by The Archbishop of Canterbury and attended by her family.”
ICYDK, Diana is buried outside Althorp House, her family’s ancestral home on a private island on Oval Lake where no visitors are allowed. And because of how special and sacred this moment will be, no media will be present. Will and Harry will be joined by Duchess Kate, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, along with members of the Spencer family including Diana’s brother, Earl Spencer, and her sisters Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Baroness Fellowes.
Who won’t be there? Prince Charles, as he and Camilla are marking Canada Day in Ottawa.
The Telegraph reports that it’s also a rededication, after the memorial underwent an extensive clean-up and redesign which was overseen by Earl Spencer’s third wife, Lady Karen.
Will and Harry have spoken quite a bit about how their mother’s death affected them, long after her tragic accident. The memorial comes as the princes continue with their plans to mark the 20th anniversary of her death with a statue of Diana at Kensington Palace. That way anyone who is able to visit can pay tribute to the late princess and her legacy.