How Kensington Palace is paying special tribute to Princess Diana this summer


This August marks the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana's death, and the royal family has been and will be marking the occasion in several different ways. One such tribute is a "temporary, all-white garden," which was unveiled Thursday at Kensington Palace, next to the visitor's entrance in what is known as the "sunken garden."

The garden—which will remain open until September—has been named "the White Garden," as it comprises about 12,000 white flowers (tulips, daffodils, hyacinths among them), as a means of celebrating "Diana's life, her style and her image," per a report from E! News. Additionally, there are 3,500 white forget-me-nots in the garden, which, according to Diana's brother, Earl Spencer, were her favorite flower, the Daily Mail says.

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A Lady Diana Tulip is seen at the White Garden, created to celebrate the life of Diana, Princess of Wales, at Kensington Palace in north London on April 13, 2017.

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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.

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Blossoms are pictured at the White Garden, created to celebrate the life of Diana, Princess of Wales.

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A Lady Diana Tulip is seen at the White Garden, created to celebrate the life of Diana, Princess of Wales, at Kensington Palace.

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Blossoms are pictured at the White Garden, created to celebrate the life of Diana, Princess of Wales.

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Blossoms are pictured at the White Garden.

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A gardener poses for a photograph at the Princess Diana memorial garden at Kensington Palace in London.

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Tulips in blossom are seen at the White Garden, created to celebrate the life of Diana, Princess of Wales.

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Pink Tulip Florosas are seen at the White Garden.

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Gardener Jude Evans poses for photographs as she inspects a Tulip florosa at the White Garden.

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Visitors look over the White Garden, created to celebrate the life of Diana, Princess of Wales.

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A gardener poses for a photograph at the Princess Diana memorial garden at Kensington Palace in London.

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A gardener at the Princess Diana memorial garden at Kensington Palace.

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A Tulip 'Purissima' is seen among Tulip Florosa at the White Garden.

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The palace's head gardener, Sean Harkin, explained some of the thinking behind the tribute. "Kensington Palace was the home of Princess Diana for 15 years and there's gardeners who aren't here any more but remember, and told me stories, about when they were working here in the Sunken Garden . . . They remember Princess Diana coming by and she would stop and she would admire the changing floral displays in the garden. We change them over in springtime and in summer, so it can look quite different. And she would stop, and she would have a chat with the gardeners and comment on all their hard work."

The plan for the garden was devised in April of last year, and the flowers were planted in October. The garden was set to open at the end of this April, but the "recent good weather" in London caused the flowers to bloom ahead of schedule.

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See Diana's style through the years:

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Princess Diana Style Transformation

1962

Lady Diana Spencer, later the wife of Prince Charles, on her first birthday at Park House, Sandringham.

1963

A very young Diana in a fancy pram.

1963

Lady Di at age 2.

1965

Young Lady Diana in a buttoned up dark coat.

1969

Lady Diana at age 8, wearing a matching dress and headband.

1970

Diana on holiday with her family, causal in a sweater and jeans.

1971

Diana let her hair grow long during her youth, here age 10 in a wide-brimmed black hat.

1980

Diana always had a passion for children, here at 19 working as a Nursery Assistant at a Kindergarten school.

1981

Diana and Charles pose on the day of their engagement, showing off her diamond and sapphire engagement ring.

1981

Diana was stunning on her wedding day, with the most glamorous dress and bouquet -- truly fit for a Princess.

1981

The royal couple during their honeymoon in Scotland.

1981

Diana attended an exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, in a dress designed by Bellville Sassoon.

1982

Princess Diana, pregnant and glowing at a Polo match in Windsor.

1982

The Prince and Princess visit Wales, Diana wearing a suede beret by John Boyd and a coatdress by Arabella Pollen.

1983

Diana was a vision in yellow as she and Charles visited a school in Alice Springs, Australia.

1983

We're loving the pops of pink in Diana's outfit, here while watching Charles play Polo.

1984

Diana talks with Prince Charles, who is on horseback, at a Polo match.

1984

Diana is pretty in pink while attending the ballet Swan Lake.

1985

Diana and a tiny Prince William leaving the Royal Yacht, the Princess in a belted plaid jacket.

1985

Diana laughs with Nancy Reagan, the two ladies looking radiant in hues of red and white.

1986

Diana rests her chin in her hands on the steps of her home at Highgrove.

1986

Diana at a desert picnic in Saudi Arabia, wearing a purple and white outfit by Catherine Walker.

1987

Diana attended Cannes Film Festival, wearing a stunning ice blue gown by Catherine Walker.

1987

Diana was stunning at an evening function during a visit to Germany, wearing a gown by Victor Edelstein.

1988

Princess Diana during a visit to Melbourne.

1988

Diana and Wills at a polo club, the Princess casually dressed in a blazer with the British Lung Foundation logo on the front of her t-shirt.

1989

Diana looked radiant in red and purple while in Hong Kong, the outfit designed by Catherine Walker.

1989

During her visit to Hong Kong, Diana wore this stunning tiara and white dress, later known as the "Elvis Dress."

1990

The Princess of Wales in mint on an official visit to Hungary.

1990

Diana and her boys, attending a church service.  Diana wore a pink and purple suit by Catherine Walker.

1991

Diana wears her favorite designer once again, Catherine Walker, during an official visit in Brazil.

1991

Diana wore this white dress and black jacket designed by Catherine Walker during a visit to Salisbury.

1992

Diana was stunning at a banquet in Seoul, wearing the Spencer family tiara and a gown by Catherine Walker.

1993

Diana looked lovely in this pastel suit, crouching down to speak with a young boy.

1994

Lord Palumbo greets Princess Diana, wearing a short black cocktail dress designed by Christina Stambolian, as she atttends a gala.

1995

Diana visited army barracks, wearing a Versace suit and a hat by Philip Somerville.

1996

The Princess of Wales was gorgeous in this royal purple gown during a visit to Chicago.

1996

Diana visited Washington, dazzling the entire country in this lovely white gown.

1997

Diana was lovely in this pale blue cocktail dress by Catherine Walker, attending a charity reception.

1997

Diana, Princess of Wales, was radiant in red during another visit to Washington, D.C.

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