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Princess Diana’s last birthday: Billionaire suitors wooing her and a gaffe by Donald Trump

On July 1, what would have been Princess Diana’s 60th, the world will be watching the sons she adored reunite to unveil a statue of their mother at Kensington Palace where they grew up.

Once her birthdays passed virtually unnoticed, just the way she would have liked it. But not this year, not today.

On what would have been Princess Diana’s 60th, the world will be watching the sons she adored — once so close and now so publicly divided — reunite to unveil a statue of their mother at Kensington Palace where they grew up.

Emotions inevitably will be running high as the Covid-restricted ceremony unfolds with a guest list trimmed to the bare minimum. Many will focus on William and Harry’s every expression and facial tic as they stand side by side for the first time since their grandfather Prince Philip’s funeral in April.

For others, the excitement will be the first glimpse of a statue that has taken almost a quarter of a century to realise. How will it look? Can an artist who only worked from photographs truly capture Diana’s iridescent vibrancy?

And then there will be those wondering about what life would have been like now for Diana, who remains forever the iconic young and beautiful princess she was on the day of her death on August 31, 1997.

Landmarks and anniversaries are such a feature of royal life it is scarcely surprising that for members of the Queen’s family birthdays are often treated as an inconvenience rather than something to celebrate. Read more: daily mail