Princess Diana memorial garden burst into spectacular colour display as 12,000 flowers bloom early

Andy Wells

A new memorial garden at the former home of Diana, Princess of Wales, has burst into life because of an early spring.

The breathtaking display of 12,000 flowers at The White Garden at Kensington Palace serve as a beautiful tribute to Diana’s life, style and image, such as her white “Elvis” Catherine Walker dress.

Formerly known as the Sunken Garden, Diana’s favourite blooms have burst into life.

The gardens at Kensington Gardens have spectacularly sprung to life (PA)
The flowers have bloomed because of an unseasonably warm spring (PA)
The garden commemorates the 20 years since the princess died (PA)

Among the display are the appropriately named Tulipa Diana, as well as thousands of other flowers including Persian lilies and sweetly-scented Treasure Primrose wallflowers.

The gardens, already open and free to the public, commemorates the 20 years since the princess died in a Paris car crash when William was 15 and Harry just 12.

Diana was synonymous with the west London palace and mourners flocked to the residence in the aftermath of her death in August 1997 to leave a mass of flowers.

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Ahead of the 20th anniversary of the princess’s death, head gardener Sean Harkin said previous gardeners have told him stories about how Diana expressed an interest in the garden.

He revealed: ”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.

“And they remember Princess Diana coming by and she would stop and she would admire the changing floral displays in the garden.

Some 12,000 flowers fill the gardens (PA)
Princes Diana would often talk to the gardeners on the grounds (PA)

“And 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.”

Recalling one particular story, he added: “I remember there was another gardener who told me a story about when he was walking along with a wheelbarrow with a fellow gardener.

“It’s really embarrassing, but he tripped. He kind of fell over.

The gardens are already open and free to the public (PA)
Mourners flocked to the residence in the aftermath of Diana’s death (PA)
Mourners flocked to the palace after Princess was killed in a car crash (Rex)
The People’s Princess died in 1997 in Paris (Rex)

“It was over-weighted, the wheelbarrow, so everything kind of spilled everywhere. And Princess Diana was going by and turned around and said ‘Bad luck, chaps’, and kind of gave a smile.

“And they kind of smiled and found it really quite funny, but also it’s quite embarrassing when that happens.”

Prince Harry now lives at the home along with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

Top pic: PA

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