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The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry depart after viewing tributes to Diana, Princess of Wales attached to the Golden Gates of Kensington Palace. Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA Wire
The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry depart after viewing tributes to Diana, Princess of Wales attached to the Golden Gates of Kensington Palace. Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA Wire
The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry look at tributes to Diana, Princess of Wales attached to the Golden Gates of Kensington Palace, London, ahead of the 20th anniversary of their mother's death. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday August 30, 2017. See PA story ROYAL Diana. Photo credit should read: John Stillwell/PA Wire
The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry look at tributes to Diana, Princess of Wales attached to the Golden Gates of Kensington Palace, London, ahead of the 20th anniversary of their mother's death. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday August 30, 2017. See PA story ROYAL Diana. Photo credit should read: John Stillwell/PA Wire
The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry look at tributes to Diana, Princess of Wales attached to the Golden Gates of Kensington Palace, London, ahead of the 20th anniversary of their mother's death. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday August 30, 2017. See PA story ROYAL Diana. Photo credit should read: John Stillwell/PA Wire
The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry look at tributes to Diana, Princess of Wales attached to the Golden Gates of Kensington Palace, London, ahead of the 20th anniversary of their mother's death. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday August 30, 2017. See PA story ROYAL Diana. Photo credit should read: John Stillwell/PA Wire
The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry look at tributes to Diana, Princess of Wales attached to the Golden Gates of Kensington Palace, London, ahead of the 20th anniversary of their mother's death. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday August 30, 2017. See PA story ROYAL Diana. Photo credit should read: John Stillwell/PA Wire
The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry look at tributes to Diana, Princess of Wales attached to the Golden Gates of Kensington Palace, London, ahead of the 20th anniversary of their mother's death. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday August 30, 2017. See PA story ROYAL Diana. Photo credit should read: John Stillwell/PA Wire
The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry look at tributes to Diana, Princess of Wales attached to the Golden Gates of Kensington Palace, London, ahead of the 20th anniversary of their mother's death. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday August 30, 2017. See PA story ROYAL Diana. Photo credit should read: John Stillwell/PA Wire
The Duke of Cambridge leaves flowers as he and Prince Harry look at tributes to Diana, Princess of Wales attached to the Golden Gates of Kensington Palace, London, ahead of the 20th anniversary of their mother's death. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday August 30, 2017. See PA story ROYAL Diana. Photo credit should read: Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA Wire
The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry look at tributes to Diana, Princess of Wales attached to the Golden Gates of Kensington Palace, London, ahead of the 20th anniversary of their mother's death. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday August 30, 2017. See PA story ROYAL Diana. Photo credit should read: Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA Wire
The Duke of Cambridge leaves flowers as he and Prince Harry look at tributes to Diana, Princess of Wales attached to the Golden Gates of Kensington Palace, London, ahead of the 20th anniversary of their mother's death. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday August 30, 2017. See PA story ROYAL Diana. Photo credit should read: Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA Wire
Prince Harry after he took a bouquet of flowers from a wellwisher to add to the tributes to Diana, Princess of Wales attached to the Golden Gates of Kensington Palace, London, ahead of the 20th anniversary of his mother's death. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday August 30, 2017. See PA story ROYAL Diana. Photo credit should read: John Stillwell/PA Wire
Prince Harry takes a bouquet of flowers from a wellwisher to add to the tributes to Diana, Princess of Wales attached to the Golden Gates of Kensington Palace, London, ahead of the 20th anniversary of his mother's death. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday August 30, 2017. See PA story ROYAL Diana. Photo credit should read: John Stillwell/PA Wire
Prince Harry takes a bouquet of flowers from a wellwisher to add to the tributes to Diana, Princess of Wales attached to the Golden Gates of Kensington Palace, London, ahead of the 20th anniversary of his mother's death. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday August 30, 2017. See PA story ROYAL Diana. Photo credit should read: John Stillwell/PA Wire
The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry look at tributes to Diana, Princess of Wales attached to the Golden Gates of Kensington Palace, London, ahead of the 20th anniversary of their mother's death. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday August 30, 2017. See PA story ROYAL Diana. Photo credit should read: John Stillwell/PA Wire
Prince Harry takes a bouquet of flowers from a wellwisher to add to the tributes to Diana, Princess of Wales attached to the Golden Gates of Kensington Palace, London, ahead of the 20th anniversary of his mother's death. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday August 30, 2017. See PA story ROYAL Diana. Photo credit should read: John Stillwell/PA Wire
Prince Harry looks at tributes to Diana, Princess of Wales attached to the Golden Gates of Kensington Palace, London, ahead of the 20th anniversary of his mother's death. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday August 30, 2017. See PA story ROYAL Diana. Photo credit should read: Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA Wire
The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry depart after viewing tributes to Diana, Princess of Wales attached to the Golden Gates of Kensington Palace, London, ahead of the 20th anniversary of their mother's death. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday August 30, 2017. See PA story ROYAL Diana. Photo credit should read: Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA Wire
The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry depart after viewing tributes to Diana, Princess of Wales attached to the Golden Gates of Kensington Palace, London, ahead of the 20th anniversary of their mother's death. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday August 30, 2017. See PA story ROYAL Diana. Photo credit should read: Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA Wire
The Duke of Cambridge is given flowers by members of the public which he then placed amongst the tributes to Diana, Princess of Wales attached to the Golden Gates of Kensington Palace, London, ahead of the 20th anniversary of his mother's death. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday August 30, 2017. See PA story ROYAL Diana. Photo credit should read: Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA Wire
The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry depart after viewing tributes to Diana, Princess of Wales attached to the Golden Gates of Kensington Palace, London, ahead of the 20th anniversary of their mother's death. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday August 30, 2017. See PA story ROYAL Diana. Photo credit should read: Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA Wire
The Duke of Cambridge leaves flowers as he and Prince Harry look at tributes to Diana, Princess of Wales attached to the Golden Gates of Kensington Palace, London, ahead of the 20th anniversary of their mother's death. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday August 30, 2017. See PA story ROYAL Diana. Photo credit should read: Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA Wire
The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry look at tributes to Diana, Princess of Wales attached to the Golden Gates of Kensington Palace, London, ahead of the 20th anniversary of their mother's death. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday August 30, 2017. See PA story ROYAL Diana. Photo credit should read: Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA Wire
The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry look at tributes to Diana, Princess of Wales attached to the Golden Gates of Kensington Palace, London, ahead of the 20th anniversary of their mother's death. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday August 30, 2017. See PA story ROYAL Diana. Photo credit should read: Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA Wire
The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry look at tributes to Diana, Princess of Wales attached to the Golden Gates of Kensington Palace, London, ahead of the 20th anniversary of their mother's death. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday August 30, 2017. See PA story ROYAL Diana. Photo credit should read: Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA Wire
The Duke of Cambridge is given flowers by members of the public which he then placed amongst the tributes to Diana, Princess of Wales attached to the Golden Gates of Kensington Palace, London, ahead of the 20th anniversary of his mother's death. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday August 30, 2017. See PA story ROYAL Diana. Photo credit should read: Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are shown around the White Garden in Kensington Palace, London, during a visit to meet representatives from charities supported by Diana, the Princess of Wales. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday August 30, 2017. See PA story ROYAL Diana. Photo credit should read: Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry (partially obscured at centre rear) visit the White Garden in Kensington Palace, London, as they meet with representatives from charities supported by Diana, the Princess of Wales. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday August 30, 2017. See PA story ROYAL Diana. Photo credit should read: Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA Wire
The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry arrive for a visit to the White Garden in Kensington Palace, London, and to meet with representatives from charities supported by Diana, the Princess of Wales. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday August 30, 2017. See PA story ROYAL Diana. Photo credit should read: Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry visit the White Garden in Kensington Palace, London, as they meet with representatives from charities supported by Diana, the Princess of Wales. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday August 30, 2017. See PA story ROYAL Diana. Photo credit should read: Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry arrive for a visit to the White Garden in Kensington Palace, London, and to meet with representatives from charities supported by Diana, the Princess of Wales. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday August 30, 2017. See PA story ROYAL Diana. Photo credit should read: Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA Wire
Prince Harry (left) is shown around the White Garden in Kensington Palace, London, during a visit to meet representatives from charities supported by Diana, the Princess of Wales. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday August 30, 2017. See PA story ROYAL Diana. Photo credit should read: Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are shown around the White Garden in Kensington Palace, London, during a visit to meet representatives from charities supported by Diana, the Princess of Wales. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday August 30, 2017. See PA story ROYAL Diana. Photo credit should read: Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are shown around the White Garden in Kensington Palace, London, during a visit to meet representatives from charities supported by Diana, the Princess of Wales. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday August 30, 2017. See PA story ROYAL Diana. Photo credit should read: Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are shown around the White Garden in Kensington Palace, London, during a visit to meet representatives from charities supported by Diana, the Princess of Wales. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday August 30, 2017. See PA story ROYAL Diana. Photo credit should read: Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry (partially obscured at left) visit the White Garden in Kensington Palace, London, as they meet with representatives from charities supported by Diana, the Princess of Wales. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday August 30, 2017. See PA story ROYAL Diana. Photo credit should read: Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA Wire
Prince Harry (left) is shown around the White Garden in Kensington Palace, London, during a visit to meet representatives from charities supported by Diana, the Princess of Wales. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday August 30, 2017. See PA story ROYAL Diana. Photo credit should read: Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are shown around the White Garden in Kensington Palace, London, during a visit to meet representatives from charities supported by Diana, the Princess of Wales. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday August 30, 2017. See PA story ROYAL Diana. Photo credit should read: Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are shown around the White Garden in Kensington Palace, London, during a visit to meet representatives from charities supported by Diana, the Princess of Wales. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday August 30, 2017. See PA story ROYAL Diana. Photo credit should read: Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry visit the White Garden in Kensington Palace, London, as they meet with representatives from charities supported by Diana, the Princess of Wales. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday August 30, 2017. See PA story ROYAL Diana. Photo credit should read: Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry visit the White Garden in Kensington Palace, London, as they meet with representatives from charities supported by Diana, the Princess of Wales. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday August 30, 2017. See PA story ROYAL Diana. Photo credit should read: Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cambridge is shown around the White Garden in Kensington Palace, London, during a visit to meet with representatives from charities supported by Diana, the Princess of Wales. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday August 30, 2017. See PA story ROYAL Diana. Photo credit should read: Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA Wire

By Cate McCurry

The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry made an emotional return to their mother's former home ahead of the 20th anniversary of Diana's death.

William and Harry spent time reading messages and cards left at the gates of Kensington Palace and chatted to members of the public who came to mark the anniversary.

Floral tributes and banners were also left at the makeshift memorial two decades after the princess died in a Paris car crash on August 31, 1997.

The visit was reminiscent of one the Royal brothers made in the days following her death, when they went to view messages and floral tributes left in her memory.

Earlier yesterday, Harry and William were joined by the Duchess of Cambridge for a poignant visit to White Garden in the grounds of the palace.

The garden was created in Diana's memory to mark two decades since she died.

William, Harry and Kate, who wore a Prada outfit, chatted to representatives of the eight charities closest to the princess' heart after touring the memorial garden.

The young princes after Diana’s death
The young princes after Diana’s death

"Tell me a story about my mum," Harry asked them, as he moved between groups.

English National Ballet director Tamara Rojo told them many popular productions were only staged because of the fundraising Diana had done in her lifetime, adding: "That's something we celebrate."

William said: "We've got plenty of pictures.

"I remember her showing me ballet shoes she had been given and she was so proud of them.

"She loved dancing, she was a fantastic dancer."

The garden, which features white roses, daffodils and the princess' favourite forget-me-nots, also has lilies, gladioli and cosmos.

It has been open since the spring and will remain open into September.

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