The statue was unveiled by her sons Prince Harry and Prince William, who jointly paid tribute to their mother, saying “every day, we wish she were still with us” as they reunited for the event earlier on Thursday.
Kensington Palace said the statue, designed by sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley and erected in the palace’s Sunken Garden, reflects Diana’s “warmth, elegance and energy”.
The British public took to social media to give their view on what would have been her 60th birthday.
Social media was awash with gushing compliments about the statue and its likeness to Diana.
One person wrote: “What a lovely statue for a beautiful woman, an England rose in Diana on what would have been her 60th birthday sadly missed and here unveiling the statue are her sons.”
Another said: “The statue of Diana is beautiful and looks exactly like her. The face and hair and style are the lovely Diana. Well done to the sculptor, William and Harry.”
Among the commentary, Evening Standard readers shared their thoughts on the Diana statue on our official Instagram page.
In the sea of comments, one wrote: “I think it reflects in a beautiful way Diana. She inspired so many of the women of that time, myself included. Forever Rest In Peace Princess.”
Another added: “I thought it was a very beautiful statue.”
“It’s got a likeness, could look more like her I think, still a good memorial.”
But not everyone was praising for the statue.
One person said on Twitter: “Ok, I’ll be the first to say it, I’m underwhelmed by the statue. Not a good likeness of Diana and what is she wearing?”.
Another tweet read: “Statue looks nothing like Diana, not even close”.
Harry and William chatted with guests at the unveiling, who included the Sunken Garden’s designer Pip Morrison, Kensington Palace head gardener Gary James, and Graham Dillamore, deputy head of gardens and estates at Historic Royal Palaces.
In their statement afterwards, William and Harry said: “Thank you to Ian Rank-Broadley, Pip Morrison and their teams for their outstanding work, to the friends and donors who helped make this happen, and to all those around the world who keep our mother’s memory alive.”