The world was shocked when Princess Diana of Wales died suddenly in a car accident in 1997 at the age of 36. She left behind two sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, just 15 and 12 years old, respectively. Now that they’re all grown up, the two princes have worked hard to honor her legacy and keep her memory alive.
Although Princess Diana could not be there for Prince William’s wedding to Kate Middleton in 2011, or Prince Harry’s wedding to Meghan Markle, one artist has take it upon herself to create paintings that imagine what it would be like if the late Princess Diana had been able to meet her daughters-in-law.
A Tribute To Princess Diana
Autumn Ying posted her work to Instagram, where she explained in the caption of one post that she sees her paintings as a tribute: “While Princess Diana won’t get to see her daughters-in-law in reality, I’m thinking of visualizing this scene as a touching tribute to the late mother of Prince William and Prince Harry.”
Here’s her painting that features Princess Diana, Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle, each of them depicted as they appeared on their own respective wedding days:
#yingfashioncanvas #RoyalWedding I’ve always found that home is simply a matter carrying it with you. • While Princess Diana won’t get to see both her daughters-in-law in reality, I’m thinking of visualising this scene as a touching tribute to the late mother of Prince William and Prince Harry • #surrealart #princessdiana #katemiddleton #meghanmarkle #fashionillustration #lovelife #thecreativehive #and_draw_something #drawadot #yingfashioncanvas
Another shows the three along with Princess Charlotte, Prince William and Kate Middleton’s 3-year-old daughter, who served as bridesmaid in her uncle and new aunt’s wedding:
#yingfashioncanvas #RoyalWedding In that fleeting time together with you, I found love of a lifetime. • Here comes the joyful version of the royal family which I would like to express the family bonding that’s precious Thanks for the overwhelming responses for the #RoyalWedding artwork over these two days! I’m truly blessed and touched at the same time because to majority, I’m just new to you and yet you guys took time and effort to encourage me and some of you even took approach to ask for credit for those reposts which didn’t tag me. Thank you for being so kind with all the lovely gestures. • It’s the encouragements given by all of you that lead me till this far. And I think it’s time to give back to this world. I will be preparing art prints for this #RoyalWedding series for you after receiving all the requests. While for every art print purchased, the amount will be donated to UNICEF, in hope of helping the children in need out of malnutrition in Cambodia • The world needs all the love it can get. Every single kind gesture will spark hope and make a difference, and I believe that the world does response, right? • #surrealart #princessdiana #katemiddleton #meghanmarkle #princesscharlotte #fashionillustration #lovelife #thecreativehive #and_draw_something #drawadot #yingfashioncanvas
The artist posted another shot of her artwork on May 24 that features Princess Di with her two adult sons. All are dressed in formalwear. In case that wasn’t enough of a tearjerker for you, she also painted two young boys in the picture. At first glance, you might think it’s Princes George and Louis, but look closer and you’ll see they’re William and Harry as kids.
#yingfashioncanvas #RoyalWedding You’re a work of art. Not everyone will understand you, but the ones who do, will never forget about you. • I always have such a daydream Even though we don’t know in which part of the world she is right now, but if there’s such a magical time map of the world, I would know because the place she exists has to the brightest-the place full of stars, lights and magic • The #RoyalWedding series are all ready for art prints! Keep reminding myself everyday to spread the love with the ability I have to the world, and so you do. The effortless action of buying any art print of this series will spark hope for the kids in Cambodia via donation to UNICEF • #surrealart #princessdiana #princewilliam #princeharry #fashionillustration #lovelife #thecreativehive #and_draw_something #drawadot #yingfashioncanvas
You Can Buy A Print For Yourself — And Support Charity At The Same Time
Ying shared on Instagram that she will be selling prints of her paintings after having received many requests. She plans to donate proceeds from the sales to charity.
“While for every art print purchased, the amount will be donated to UNICEF, in hope of helping the children in need out of malnutrition in Cambodia,” she wrote on Instagram.
Ying also shared the image of yet another painting, one that features newlyweds Prince William and Meghan Markle inside a snow globe:
#yingfashioncanvas #RoyalWedding So come with me, where dreams are born, and time is never planned. Just think of happy things, and your heart will fly on wings, forever, in Never Never Land. • I just can’t stop smiling while watching back at the clips of Prince Harry’s besotted expression as he laid eyes on his beloved wife throughout the whole wedding ceremony. The way he looks at her as if her smile is the only thing that could possibly matter • #surrealart #royalcouples #princeharry #meghanmarkle #fashionillustration #lovelife #thecreativehive #and_draw_something #drawadot #yingfashioncanvas
About The Artist
Ying is an illustrator who — according to her Instagram — has collaborated with such high-profile brands as Christian Dior, Swarovski and Montblanc. The video below features more of her work, and it’s not hard to see why her work is in demand.
Ying’s Instagram features the flags of both Malaysia and Singapore. According to Facebook page, she went to a Chinese high school in Malaysia, studied jewelry design in Singapore and later studied 3D design in the U.K.
Taking a scroll through her Instagram account provides a visual feast of fairytale illustrations and beautiful photography, such as the below.
We can’t wait to see more from Ying, and we give her choice of subject matter two thumbs up!
Royal Wedding Details You Might Have Missed
If you’re among the 29.2 million Americans who tuned into the royal wedding, you know what a beautiful event it was. But even if you consider yourself an expert in all things Harry and Meghan, there were likely a few details you didn’t notice on their big day.
1. Markle’s reception look included two “something blues.”
It’s traditional for a bride to wear something “borrowed, blue, old and new” on her wedding day, and Markle accomplished the blue part with the satin Aquazzura heels she wore to the reception, which featured baby blue soles. She paired them with her striking Stella McCartney gown and a gorgeous aquamarine cocktail ring that belonged to Princess Diana.
2. Cameras caught the moment the reality of the fairytale day hit the bride.
The wedding day is a whirlwind for any bride, but we can’t imagine how overwhelming and exciting the experience must have been for Meghan Markle as an American “commoner” joining the British royal family. It appeared to sink in for the bride when she was captured appearing to say, “Oh, my gosh,” as the newlyweds rode through the streets on a horse-drawn carriage after the ceremony.
"Did you see that? That was a real moment… 'just to say 'oh my gosh'… that was the kind of moment you kind of wait for to see her reacting and kind of taking in that moment." @etnow's @KevinFrazier#RoyalWedding#RoyalThisMorninghttps://t.co/tddhkl1mAIpic.twitter.com/6XCAoM28LK
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) May 19, 2018
3. The empty seat next to Prince William was not for Princess Di.
When onlookers realized that Prince William had an empty seat beside him at the ceremony, many speculated that it was in tribute to his late mother, Princess Diana. However, it turns out that the seat was empty so that Queen Elizabeth II, who was seated at her favorite place in the chapel in the second row, would have an unobstructed view.
Keep reading to get the full list of 31 finer points from the royal wedding that you may have missed.