Diana’s humanitarianism inspired the creation of the three children that surround her in Broadley’s modern work of art. These youngsters represent the children of the world that Diana loved so much. When tears were shed by children, Diana was always there to give them hugs and kisses. She hugged sick children, with terminal diseases, uplifting their spirits. Diana was the first royal to have contact with AIDS patients. What she did for those kids just came naturally to her, for it was evident in her warm smile and compassionate eyes.
I was moved when I saw Diana, via a televised report, visit the landmines in Angola in 1997. It was in Angola where she met young victims who lost a leg because they stepped on a minefield. There was a beautiful girl, a landmine victim, who was so happy to see Diana. As this child smiled, Diana’s humanitarianism was evident as she reached out to all those extraordinary children who had overcome so much. No wonder she was dubbed, ” The People’s Princess.”
Diana’s humanitarianism had lasting effects as it created lasting change. As a patron of HALO, Diana’s advocacy influenced the signing of the Ottawa Treaty. In 1997, a couple of months after Diana’s death, the International Campaign to Ban Landmines won the Nobel Prize.
Even though Diana was one of the most beautiful and well dressed women in the world, it was her charitable works and advocacy that gave her the most satisfaction. Broadley’s sculpture of Diana certainly describes the most meaningful part of her life rather than the superficial elements. In Broadley’s work, Diana is not portrayed as a figure of nobility but as a mover and shaker who changed the world.
Broadley’s Diana statue is also enhanced by it’s location at Kensington Palace. The Sunken Garden, where Diana’s statue is located, was revamped with 4,000 blooms. Pip Morrison, a renowned British landscaper, designed the garden that compliments Diana’s statue.
Since the Sunken Garden was one of Diana’s favorite places, Broadley’s statue of Diana is situated in a perfect spot. This special garden, that Diana loved so much, is the ideal place for her family, her friends and all who adored her to visit. Forget-me-nots, Diana’s favorite flowers, are in the Sunken Garden. Among many other blooms, there are also many roses at the garden. This is very fitting for the charismatic lady that was nicknamed, “The People’s Princess.” She was an English rose.