A Peek Inside London’s New Princess Diana Memorial Garden

Apr 22, 2017

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Nearly 20 years after her death, the royal family is honoring the memory of the late Princess Diana — who was killed in a car crash on August 31, 1997 — with The White Garden, a spectacular display of flowers at Kensington Palace in London, the former home of “The People’s Princess.”

The White Garden, which honors the memory of Princess Diana, took approximately 18 months to design and create. Image courtesy of Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP via Getty Images.
Image courtesy of Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP via Getty Images.

The memorial garden, which took nearly 18 months to plan and create, pays homage to her life and style. Six gardeners and two volunteers worked to transform the Palace’s Sunken Garden, which required the planting of 12,000 bulbs.

To create The White Garden, 12,000 bulbs were planted. Image courtesy of Jonathan Brady/PA Images via Getty Images.
Image courtesy of Jonathan Brady/PA Images via Getty Images.

The White Garden is full of hyacinths, lilies, scented narcisii and tulips — including the Tulipa Diana — plus, appropriately, forget-me-nots. In the summer, pots of traditional English white roses will be placed around the garden’s reflecting pool.

Children look over the fence outside the White Garden, created to celebrate the life of Diana, Princess of Wales, at Kensington Palace in north London on April 13, 2017. Formerly known as the Sunken Garden, the White Garden was created with thousands of white flowers and foliage to mark the 20th anniversary of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales in August 1997. / AFP PHOTO / Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS (Photo credit should read DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)
Image courtesy of Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP via Getty Images.

The garden is meant to complement “Diana: Her Fashion Story,” a fascinating dress exhibition being held inside Kensington Palace that traces her history as a fashion icon, in which some of her most famous outfits — including the cream blouse she wore in her official engagement photos and the velvet gown she danced with John Travolta in at the White House — are on display. While the dress exhibition will remain open through 2018, the White Garden is a temporary fixture that’ll be free and open to the public through September to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Princess’ death. Check out the video below for a closer look.

H/T: Vogue

Featured image courtesy of Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP via Getty Images.

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