LONDON – A statue of Princess Diana (search) and Dodi Fayed, who died together in a Paris car crash in 1997, will soon be displayed at Harrod's department store in central London, its owner, Mohamed al Fayed, said Wednesday.
The work commissioned by al Fayed shows the couple, who were on vacation together when they died, holding hands and gazing into each other's eyes beneath a soaring albatross — a symbol of eternity and good fortune. Diana is wearing a dress with a plunging neckline, while Dodi's shirt is unbuttoned to reveal a bare chest.
The couple and their driver, Henri Paul (search), died Aug. 31, 1997.
Bill Mitchell (search) is a Fayed family friend who crafted the work at a foundry in east London. Press photographers were allowed to see it for the first time Wednesday.
Al Fayed said the bronze statue would allow people to honor the couple's memory with "warmth and love."
A British inquest into the accident was opened in January, but it adjourned to allow a police investigation led by former Metropolitan Police Commissioner John Stevens.