A beautiful statue of Princess Diana, commissioned by her beloved sons William and Harry, now sits in pride of place in her former home, Kensington Palace.

The artwork, which was revealed today, shows the late royal standing with three children wearing a fashionable high-waisted skirt and statement belt.

The unveiling left many fans asking who the children in the statue are, and the sweet story behind their inclusion in the piece has now been explained.

Kensington Palace said the children “represent the universality and generational impact of the princess’ work”.

It’s also been revealed that the portrait of the princess and the style of her dress was “based on the final period of her life as she gained confidence”.

The palace explained: “The figure of Diana, Princess of Wales, is surrounded by three children who represent the universality and generational impact of The Princess’ work.

“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.”

In front of the statue is a paving stone with an extract of the poem The Measure of a Man, which featured in the programme for the 2007 memorial service for Diana.

The statue’s sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley said: “Diana, Princess of Wales was an icon who touched the lives of people right around the world, so it has been a privilege to work with Prince William and Prince Harry on this statue, which commemorates her life.

By editor2