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Princes William and Harry have visited the Princess Diana memorial garden on the eve of the 20th anniversary of her tragic death.
Joined by Kate, the royals toured the White Garden in Kensington Palace under umbrellas as torrential rain fell.
The garden is planted with white foliage and flowers in honour of Diana’s life, style and image.
Thursday will mark 20 years since the iconic princess was killed aged 36 in a car crash while travelling with Dodi Fayed and driver Henri Paul in the Port de l’Alma tunnel in Paris in 1997.
Ahead of the anniversary, fans have already begun leaving floral tributes and pictures of her at the gates of Kensington Palace.
It comes as major broadcasters including the BBC and Channel 4 have been airing never-before-seen footage of Diana and interviews with the two grown-up princes reflecting on the tragedy.
The appeal remains undiminished and today she is still one of the leading British figures of the 20th century.
The temporary White Garden was opened in spring this year in the palace’s historic sunken garden, which also features pots of classic English white roses surrounding a reflective pool with ornamental grasses weaving through Cosmos daisies.
Gardeners recalled that Diana would stop when passing for a chat about their work creating ever-changing floral displays.
Her sons have spoken candidly about their mother for the first time in the run-up to the 20th anniversary of her death, describing the personal anguish they experienced and the grief they still feel.
Harry, interviewed for an ITV documentary about his mother, said: “There’s not a day that William and I don’t wish that she was… still around.”
Diana’s death was met with a national outpouring of grief which until then had been unprecedented for the royal family, with thousands gathering outside Kensington Palace and prompting Tony Blair to call her the “people’s princess”.
During their visit to the White Garden, the royal brothers and Kate were met by head gardener Sean Harkin and be shown some of Diana’s favourite flowers.
They also spoke to another gardener who knew Diana from her frequent visits there.
William and Harry also met representatives from the charities supported by Diana in the final years of her life, including Great Ormond Street Hospital, the National Aids Trust, The Leprosy Mission, Royal Marsden Hospital, English National Ballet and Centrepoint.
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