Lady Diana Spencer in the Royal Box at Wimbledon with the Duchess of Kent, watching the Women’s Singles Final between Chris Lloyd and Hana Mandlikova. Diana’s sister, Lady Sarah Spencer also attended.
WIMBLEDON, England, July 3, 1981 — Chris Evert Lloyd, said she thought the omens were with her, winning her third Wimbledon singles title on this day in 1981, defeating Hana Mandlikova of Czechoslovakia, 6-2, 6-2.
Mrs. Lloyd’s surprisingly easy victory was achieved in only 60 minutes, before a capacity center-court crowd of 14,000 that included the Duke and Duchess of Kent, Lady Diana Spencer, the fiancee of Prince Charles, and Margaret Thatcher, Britain’s Prime Minister.
The victory capped a stunningly successful tournament in which Mrs. Lloyd swept all seven of her matches in straight sets, the first such clean slate by a women’s singles champion here since Billie Jean King did it in 1967.
”I was determined to win it this year,” said Mrs. Lloyd, who was runner-up the last three years and who, at 26 years of age, was playing in her seventh final since she first played at the All-England Club in 1972. ”I know when I’m determined I’m still the best,” Mrs. Lloyd said. ”I proved it at the U.S. Open last year and I proved it here.”
Princess Diana and Prince Charles in Stornoway, Lewis, Outer Hebrides during the start of their visit on July 2, 1985 Photographer Jayne Fincher rented a plane, then hopped into a borrowed car so she could photograph Diana and Charles in 1985 in the Outer Hebrides. “When I caught up,” says Fincher, “Charles said, ‘Where have you been?’ ” Adds Jayne: “You don’t see Diana dressed like that very often. She looked so happy. It was pouring rain, but her makeup was perfect and un-smudged. I looked a mess, as usual.”
Princess Diana at Kirkibost Pier, above, with the Revered Donald MacAulay on the Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebride
The Prince and Princess also visited the Arnish Fabrication Yard on the Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, wearing his and her protective hard hats for the tour of the yard.
With its unique setting and superb facilities, Assembly Buildings is one of the finest conference and exhibition venues in the city of Belfast. Following an £8million refurbishment in 2010, the facility offers state-of-the-art technology in a historically rich environment. Princess Diana attended the re-opening of the buildings on 29 June 1992, after its first refurbishment due to a bomb blast. The stained glass windows, seen below, were removed for safe keeping at the height of the terrorist bombing of Belfast and were only replaced at the time of the re-opening. On the right at the front of the Assembly Hall is a plaque unveiled by Diana, Princess of Wales on the occasion of her visit to Church House on June 29, 1992. With its high-tech facilities and a ten room conference suite capable of accommodating up to 1150, the Assembly Buildings is now regarded as one of Belfast’s premier conference, concert and exhibition venues. Built in 1905 as the headquarters of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, the Assembly Buildings Conference Centre is one of the most impressive buildings in Belfast’s city centre. Designed in the architectural style of a Scottish baronial castle, the gothic structure boasts a 40m high clock tower, a bell tower housing Belfast’s only operational peal of 12 bells, and several exquisite stain glass windows. For almost 80 years the Assembly Buildings, or Church House, as it was then exclusively known, operated entirely as the headquarters and General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church. In 1992, however, after its first significant refurbishment, the building took on a commercial use, providing both a retail facility, Spires Mall, on the ground floor and offering the majestic Main Hall as an outside conference venue. Over the years the Assembly Buildings has welcomed a host of distinguished visitors including Diana, Princess of Wales, President Mary McAleese, Prime Minister John Major and First Lady, Hilary Clinton. Princess Diana’s visit that day defied the IRA and she was rewarded with crowds of up to 20,000 people in Belfast during her stay in the city. It was said to be the largest crowd at a royal engagement in Ulster for years and they chanted, shouted and yelled ‘We Want Di!’
She also visited Hillsborough Castle, County Down, that same day and planted a tree in commemoration of her visit. She attended a garden party at the Castle given by the Right Hon. Patrick Mayhew and mingled with the guests in the garden. Hillsborough Castle is an official government residence in Northern Ireland. It is the residence of the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and the official residence in Northern Ireland of Queen Elizabeth II and other members of the British Royal Family when they visit the region, as well as a guest house for prominent international visitors.
Diana Frances Spencer was born on 1 July 1961, in Park House, Sandringham, Norfolk. She was the fourth of five children of John Spencer, Viscount Althorp (1924–1992) and his first wife, Frances, Viscountess Althorp (née Roche; 1936–2004). The Spencers have been closely allied with the Royal Family for several generations. They were hoping for a boy to carry on the family line, and no name was chosen for a week, until they settled on Diana Frances, after her mother and Diana Russell, Duchess of Bedford, seen below. The Duchess was a distant relative who was also known as “Lady Diana Spencer” before marriage and was a prospective Princess of Wales.
On 30 August 1961, Diana was baptised at St. Mary Magdalene Church, Sandringham, by the Clerk of the Closet, Percy Herbert.
Her godparents were John Floyd (chairman of Christie’s and a friend of her father), Alexander Gilmour (her father’s first cousin), Lady Mary Colman (née Bowes-Lyon; niece of the Queen Mother), Sarah Pratt (friend and neighbour of her parents) and Carol Fox (another friend and neighbour of her parents).
Diana had three siblings: Sarah, Jane, and Charles. She also had an infant brother, John, who died only a year before she was born.
The desire for an heir added strain to the Spencers’ marriage, and Lady Althorp was reportedly sent to Harley Street clinics in London to determine the cause of the “problem.”
The experience was described as “humiliating” by Diana’s younger brother, Charles: “It was a dreadful time for my parents and probably the root of their divorce because I don’t think they ever got over it.” Diana grew up in Park House, seen below, which was situated near the Sandringham estate.
Diana was eight years old when her parents divorced, before which her mother had had an affair with Peter Shand Kydd.
In his book, Morton describes Diana’s remembrance of Lord Althorp loading suitcases in the car and Lady Althorp crunching across the gravel forecourt and driving away through the gates of Park House. Diana lived with her mother in London during her parents’ separation.
During Christmas holidays, however, Lord Althorp refused to let Lady Althorp return to London with Diana. His own bouts of depression, however, left him sullen and withdrawn, and he would close himself in his private rooms for days without speaking to anyone, including his children.
Shortly afterwards, however, Lord Althorp won custody of Diana and her siblings with support from his former mother-in-law, Ruth Roche, Baroness Fermoy.
Diana was first educated at Sidley, then Riddlesworth Hall near Diss, Norfolk, and later attended boarding school at The New School at West Heath, in Sevenoaks, Kent.
In 1973, Lord Althorp began a relationship with Raine, Countess of Dartmouth, the only daughter of Alexander McCorquodale and Barbara Cartland.
Diana soon became known as Lady Diana after her father later inherited the title of Earl Spencer in 1975. Despite her unpopularity with Diana, Lady Darmouth married Lord Spencer at Caxton Hall, London in 1976.
Diana was often noted for her shyness while growing up, but she did take an interest in both music and dancing with training in classical ballet. She also had a great interest in children and adored her pet pony, Souffle and guinea pig, Peanuts.
After attending finishing school at the Institut Alpin Videmanette in Switzerland, she moved to London.
She began working with children, eventually becoming a nursery assistant at the Young England School.
Diana grew up around the Royal Family and had played with Princes Andrew and Edward as a child while her family rented Park House, a property owned by Queen Elizabeth II and situated on the Sandringham Estate.
In 1981, at the age of 20 years and 28 days she married the heir to the British Throne, HRH Prince Charles.
They had two sons Princes William and Harry. The marriage lasted until 1992. No one in 1981 would have believed that she would ever divorce and later die tragically at the age of 36.
Had she lived, Princess Diana would have been 54 years old today.
The nation’s sweetheart Princess Diana accompanied her husband Prince Charles on a tour of Bosworth Battlefield Visitor Centre near Sutton Cheney on Thursday, June 27, 1985 to mark the 500th anniversary of the Battle of Bosworth.
They visited the Bosworth Battlefield site on the 500th Anniversary of the actual battle. The royal couple had wanted to see the site of the skirmish in which King Richard III was killed and the crown passed to Henry Tudor.
On a windy day in June 1985 crowds gathered and Union Jacks fluttered to see the pair who had married just four years earlier tour the countryside battlefield site in an open-topped vehicle.
They were also treated to a re-enactment of the decisive battle that ended the Wars of the Roses in 1485.
A plaque unveiled by their royal highnesses remains at the visitor centre today although the site of the battle has since been discovered to be a bit further away, in an unmarked field off the Fen Lane.
Prince Charles refused to take sides during the battle re-enactment and wore a yellow rose on his lapel. They were later whisked off to Loughborough where Diana shopped at a Dr. Barnardo’s charity shop while Prince Charles attended a tree planting ceremony.
Their visit also coincided with the 600th anniversary of St. Mary’s Church in Warwickshire. The royal couple visited Atherstone’s Festival Exhibition at the church after arriving at the train station, above. Huge crowds turned out to meet them.
The embellished Gianni Versace gown worn by Princess Diana, above, in a 1991 photo shoot by her official photographer Patrick Demarchelier. The images of Diana wearing the gown were used on the cover of the November 1997 “Harper’s Bazaar Diana A Tribute to a Princess” issue and in “Diana: The Portrait” by Rosalind Coward. The figure-hugging shimmering blue-green silk gown with a décolletage neckline is embellished with gold tone studs and pyramids, and encased faceted glass in shades of blue topaz, aqua marine, and white in a geometric and swirled motif. The interior is silk lined with hand finishing and an Atelier Versace label. Atelier Versace is the Haute Couture line of The House of Versace and indicates one-of-a-kind pieces. The gown was acquired directly from Versace as being worn by Princess Diana and was originally on a hanger that read “Lady Diana.” Reportedly this is the first gown Gianni Versace designed for Princess Diana. It was sold accompanied by a copy of the magazine.
The exquisite piece – which is thought to be the first dress Donatella’s brother Gianni Versace crafted for Diana – went up for auction on 26 June in Beverly Hills, California…with an eye-watering minimum price tag.
Bidders were invited to place offers starting at $30,000, but it was already estimated that it would sell for between $60,000 – $80,000. Diana’s Versace floor-sweeping maxi was sold by Julien’s Auctions, a company based in Beverly Hills that specialises in selling items from some biggest stars in history. And it’s not the first time the dress has been in the public eye since the death of Prince William and Harry’s mum in Paris on 31 August 1997.
It was displayed at the the Versace exhibition at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum back in 2002. The event celebrated the career of Gianni from 1946 – 1997.
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Matt Harvey of Harvey & Sons Crab Dealers, shows Princess Diana a crab specimen on her visit to the new fish market at Newlyn, Cornwall, Thursday, June 30, 1988.
The Princess opened the present fish market near the 90m extension to the Mary Williams Pier which provided more facilities than the fishermen had ever been treated to before.
The building included a canopy on the quayside to provide shelter from sun and rain during fish landing operations, powered lift platforms to assist in loading fish out of the market and an exclusive area for the maintenance of fishing nets.
The history of the trade in Newlyn started before the first fish market was built when fish sales took place on the beach as seen above. Some of the catch would go straight to the station at Penzance, where it would be transported to London and other centres. Other buyers at the early fish stalls would have been the smaller traders, the fishwives, and jousters who hawked the fish around the villages.
In 1888 things started to change and the sale of fish was moved up from the beach to space at the landward end of the new North Pier by the Admiralty boathouse. This space was not enclosed and was supposed to be a temporary measure awaiting the construction of a more sophisticated trawl fish quay, fish market and jetty, with a roadway on the reclaimed area behind.
But the cost of this scheme was high and several years passed before the people in favour of the idea got their way. Work on the building began in 1907 and was fully completed in February 1908. It would be another 80 years before the position of the market changed again.
The same day, the Princess visited Truro and opened the new Truro Renal Dialysis Unit at the Royal Cornwall Hospital, Treliske. Patients were first dialysed there in 1988 after the opening.
Diana Princess Of Wales and HRH Prince Charles, 26 June 1985 Arriving At Goldsmith’s Hall, Foster Lane in London For A Dinner Given By The Commonwealth Press Union.
The Commonwealth Press Union (CPU) was an association composed of 750 members in 49 countries, including newspaper groups (with several hundred newspapers), individual newspapers, and news agencies throughout the Commonwealth of Nations (Britain and mostly its former colonies). They were represented within the CPU by their proprietors, publishers or senior executives.
The origin of the organisation went back to 1909 with the staging of the first Imperial Press Conference. This led to the creation of the Empire Press Union, which later became the Commonwealth Press Union.
The CPU was wound up on 31 December 2008. According to a press release on the former organisation’s website, a new organisation, provisionally named the Commonwealth Press Training and Education Trust was formed in January 2009 “to carry on the vital work of the CPU”
A VISIT FROM PRINCESS DIANA
On this day in 1985, Princess Diana visited Ravenswood Village in Berkshire. She opened a rose garden made possible by donations. The Princess arrived by helicopter and later talked to the children and teachers. Ravenswood Village is for the mentally handicapped.
“One of the great things about Diana’s work, quite apart from the immediate benefit to the charities she supported, was that she really put the spotlight on charities,” said Hazel Kaye, Chief Executive of Jewish Blind & Disabled, which immediately after Diana’s death named a fragrance garden in memory. She added: “The impact she made was enormous, and her loss is still felt today by the charity sector.”
When the Princess of Wales visited Ravenswood in 1985 to open the new rose garden, she arrived by helicopter. She also signed a book recording the planting of the garden’s first rose in honour of the birth of Prince Harry.
“It was an incredibly exciting day,” Mrs Brier remembers. “Princess Diana looked so glamorous and she walked around talking to everybody. “We were so impressed with her love of the residents, with her immediate understanding of their problems and her willingness to stay longer than her allotted time with some of the children.”
Ravenswood’s then honorary chaplain, Reverend Reuben Turner, watched his daughter, Sarah, a Ravenswood resident seen in the second photo from the top of this page, present the Princess with a sculptured rose. “I remember she stayed for two-and-a-half hours. The pilot kept phoning to say it was time to go but the princess insisted on visiting each home.
“My daughter was very excited to be presenting the gift. She curtseyed and they exchanged a few words. Sarah was very taken with her and they seemed to get on very well together. For me it was a very emotional and proud moment – one I’ll never forget.”
The day after the visit, Ravenswood received a letter from Buckingham Palace saying how touched the princess had been by the wonderful atmosphere created by the dedicated staff.
The Royal World Premiere of “For Your Eyes Only” was held on 24 June 1981 at London’s Odeon Leicester Square Theatre, seen above, in the presence of HRH Prince Charles and the then Lady Diana Spencer as well as HRH Princess Margaret. The Gala Charity Premiere Benefit was held in aid of the Royal Association for Disability and Rehabilitation.
“For Your Eyes Only” is the twelfth spy film in the James Bond series, and the fifth to star Roger Moore as the fictional MI6 agent, James Bond. It marked the directorial debut of John Glen, who had worked as editor and second unit director in three other Bond films. Diana’s red and gold spangled chiffon gown is by Bellville Sassoon.
The Veteran and the Princess by Canadian Broadcaster, Les Stoodley
17 June 1983 Princess Diana in bright yellow greeting the crowds in Bicentennial Square, Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada
The late Princess Diana left a long and positive shadow when she was part of the Royal Family. Let’s go back to those days of the first Canadian tour made by the Prince and Princess of Wales in late June and early July 1983.
The couple arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia, then moved on to Saint John, New Brunswick, St. John’s , Newfoundland and finally Charlottetown, PEI. CBC radio decided to provide live radio coverage of the visits to the three major cities in the Maritime Provinces. I was one of the lucky three broadcasters to be selected for the tour.
My job was what I liked doing best: getting out in the crowd and talking with people who had spoken with or shook hands with the Royals.
The tour got off to a rousing start above, in Halifax, with thousands filling the Garrison Grounds in the downtown area of the city. Princess Diana was obviously the center of attention.
Our next broadcast was from Saint John, New Brunswick and it was there that an encounter between a veteran and the Princess was, for me, the highlight of the coverage. The couple arrived in the Port City overnight, aboard the Royal yacht Britannia from Shelburne, Nova Scotia. The early morning was foggy and the thousands of people who had travelled from all across the province were worried the mist wouldn’t allow them to see the Prince and Princess.
Just before they were to leave Britannia, the fog lifted and the sun shone.
Bicentennial/Market Square is in the center of downtown Saint John and it was there the people gathered. One area was sectioned off for veterans. They were all provided chairs. They waited impatiently for their chance to greet the special visitors.
I was assigned to the area close to the vets. I was connected to the audio truck by 150 feet of microphone cord just behind the line of about 100 members of the Royal Canadian Legion.
Finally, as they walked near our location, I jumped on an empty steel chair to get a better view which would allow me to describe what was happening. Directly in front of me was a First World War veteran, my guess a man in his mid to late-80s. He sat, slightly bent, holding his cane and watching Diana make her way up the line.
Princess Di smiled, shook hands and spoke with each of the veterans as she came closer to my location.
The focus of my attention shifted from the beautiful young woman who had already captured the hearts of those she met to the veteran in front of me.
It seemed that the closer she got to this brave old man, the straighter he got. When she finally reached his spot, he was ram-rod straight and his right hand whipped up in the traditional military salute and was then smartly extended to the Princess. What happened next is etched in my memory.
Diana leaned close to the man whose hand she held and gently spoke to him for about 15 seconds. Then with all the grace and dignity I’ve ever witnessed, this only 23-year-old, who had been thrust into the world spotlight, lowered the gentleman back to his chair.
As I spoke the words, the lady in the bright yellow dress, lifted her head and looked at me from about 15 feet away. Like the veteran, I was awestruck by the physical beauty in front of me but also entranced by the spiritual beauty she radiated.
That same day, the Royal couple continued on to Rothesay Collegiate School.
The next day they visited Charlo and Campbellton where again the crowds were large and enthusiastic.
On the evening of 18 June 1983 they attended a formal dinner at the Saint John Convention Centre in Saint John, New Brunswick.
17 June 1981: On the second day of the Ascot Races, all heads turn to see Lady Diana Spencer as she arrives in a carriage with Princess Alexandra. Prince Charles did not attend the second day of the races as he was on his way to America for a short visit to New York. With Prince Charles absent, Lady Diana was escorted by Lady Susan Hussey, a Lady-in-Waiting to the Queen.
Lady Diana wore a primrose yellow straw boater hat with a peach silk flower on the outer and inner wide brim. She coupled it with an eye-catching original Benny Ong designed peach crepe suit with a wrap top jacket. Under the flowing jacket, she wore her trademark “Lady Di” ruffle neck cream, crepe blouse with frilled cuffs which he also designed specifically for this suit.
The Singaporean designer, Ong, contributed to the “Lady Di Style” notion with this suit and other outfits he created for her from 1981-1983.
She wore the iconic pearl choker given to her by her parents as well as white gloves. The shoes by Edward Rayne, the Queen’s Shoemaker, included a belt and purse in light taupe.
Diana blushed slightly as she half-tripped over a sandwich wrapper while making her way through the heavy crowds. There were shouts of “isn’t she lovely” from racegoers as she passed by!
Princess Margaret made her own fashion statement that day. She was resplendent in a feathered caliph’s turban and large jewel at the neck of her Nehru collared jacket.
June 15, 1983: Princess Diana and Prince Charles at a State Dinner hosted by Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau at the Hotel Nova Scotian in Halifax, Nova Scotia on Day 2 of their 1983, seventeen day Tour of the Maritime Provinces in Canada. Her pale yellow silk chiffon evening gown was designed by Gina Fratini.
Diana visited Canada three times on royal tours and one gentleman saw as much of her as any other Canadian, it can be argued. Today he treasures the images.
A photojournalist in Canada for more than four decades, mostly with the Toronto Star, Boris Spremo has snapped shots of presidents, prime ministers and one very special Princess, Diana.
But Spremo’s lens adored Diana, who had a way of averting a direct gaze, instead “peaking at you” in an almost mysterious way, he explained in a recent interview.
The one shot he took of the princess that is a favourite found her on the steps of Alberta’s Legislature Building, shown above and below, when she visited Edmonton during the World University Games in 1983.
But it was in 1983 that Spremo got to meet – and flirt with – the princess during an off-the-record reception for journalists at the governor general’s residence, Rideau Hall, in Ottawa.
“She was very bubbly, friendly and good looking,” recalled Spremo, who lives in Toronto.
“She asked me, ‘What is your accent?’” – and the photographer asked her to “play a game” to guess the country of his birth. He gave her three tries and if she failed, she would have to give him a peck on the cheek. After he told her his name, Diana tried Norway, Germany – at which point Spremo offered to help.
“It’s in southern middle Europe,” he offered. “She said, ‘Italy,’ and I said, ‘No, so you owe me,’ and she laughed it off.”
So Diana called on Charles to help. “He asked me, ‘What’s your name?’ and I said ‘Boris’ and just like that he [correctly] said ‘You’re from Yugoslavia,'” said Spremo, who was born in what is now Croatia.
During that royal tour, he photographed the State Dinner held in Halifax in honour of the couple’s first official visit to Canada and hosted by then-prime minister Pierre Trudeau – his favourite subject to shoot with a camera.
Twenty-four years later, Spremo will never forget being enchanted by the world’s most photographed woman. “She still owes me that kiss.”
The arrival, though, of Charles and Diana in Halifax on June 14, 1983 for a 17-day royal tour revitalized Canadian attitudes toward the monarchy. The royal couple were already well known to Canadians from the publicity surrounding their 1981 wedding and the 1982 birth of their son, William, and the public was eager to see them in person. From her first day in Canada, Diana demonstrated her own approach to the classic royal walkabout.
Diana celebrated her 22nd birthday in Canada on that trip and Prince William’s 1st birthday was on June 21, 1983. Diana was given many gifts for him including a minature deer skin suit and a small canoe. Prince Charles is quoted as saying that his son could use the canoe in his bath!
Lady Diana Spencer at her first Ascot Races with Prince Charles on June 16, 1981. She is wearing designer David Neil’s mauve and gold silk striped suit with a matching straw hat trimmed in lilac ostrich feathers by milliner, John Boyd.
Princess Diana at what would be her last attendance at the Order of the Garter Ceremony, 14 June 1993.
The Most Noble Order of the Garter, founded in 1348, is the highest order of chivalry and the third most prestigious honour (after the Victoria Cross and George Cross) in England and of the United Kingdom, and is dedicated to the image and arms of St. George as England’s patron saint.
It is awarded at the Sovereign’s pleasure as a personal gift on recipients from the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth realms.
Membership of the Order is limited to the Sovereign, the Prince of Wales, and no more than 24 members, or Companions. The order also includes supernumerary knights and ladies (e.g. members of the British Royal Family and foreign monarchs). New appointments to the Order of the Garter are always announced on St George’s Day, 23 April, as Saint George is the patron saint of England.
The order’s emblem is a garter with the motto “Honi Soit qui Mal y Pense” (originating from Middle French: “Shame on him who thinks evil of it”) in gold lettering. Members of the order wear it on ceremonial occasions.
Diana is wearing a vivid pink wool suit from Catherine Walker. This was her first Garter ceremony since her separation from Prince Charles in 1992, but only weeks before she had not been asked to attend Royal Ascot. It had a short skirt which was a signal of her new independence and is in a bold pink that really stood out with dark gloves and hat by Philip Sommerville.
LONDON, June 13, 1981 — An unemployed teen-ager from southern England ran up to Queen Elizabeth II today and fired several pistol blanks at her as she rode horseback along The Mall to the Trooping the Color ceremony marking her official birthday, the police said.
The Queen was not hurt, although her 19-year-old horse, Burmese, shied at the noise and a witness said the Queen looked white and shaken. She is an expert rider and quickly brought the horse under control.
The incident occurred just after 11 A.M. as the Queen, dressed in a scarlet military tunic and a black riding skirt, rode from Buckingham Palace past huge crowds along the tree-lined Mall on her way to the ceremony.
Although the Queen, 55 years old, was never apparently in serious danger, the incident underscored the difficulty of protecting someone whose job consists largely of appearing at public functions.
As millions watched on television, the youth, identified by the police as Marcus Simon Sarjeant, 17, simply stepped from the crowd and fired directly at the Queen as many as six times before being wrestled to the ground by policemen and onlookers.
Just behind the Queen, who was at the head of the procession, were Prince Philip, her husband, and Prince Charles, her son and heir to the throne.
Afterward, the ceremony proceeded uneventfully. Mr. Sarjeant, from the coastal town of Folkestone, was charged under the Treason Act of 1842. He was scheduled to appear in court Monday and faces a maximum sentence of seven years.
No motive was immediately known for today’s incident, which raised new fears about security for the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer on July 29.
Some witnesses said that Mr. Sarjeant had a Lady Diana and Prince Charles wedding button on his jacket. A spokesman at Buckingham Palace said tonight that today’s incident would be taken into account by those responsible for security at future royal events, including the imminent wedding.
Lady Diana was wearing a custom Bill Pashley blue floral suit which she had requested from him when she met him in May 1981 with her Mother, Frances Shand Kydd.
Princess Diana greets the Chelsea Pensioners on June 10, 1983.
An annual celebration at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, Founder’s Day commemorates the escape of the future King Charles II from parliamentary forces after the Battle of Worcester (1651) and is held as close as possible to this birthday on the 29th May. Founder’s Day is by invitation only.
Founders Day at Chelsea Hospital is held in early June in Figure Court seen above. King Charles II founded the hospital in the seventeenth century as a residential retirement home for old soldiers. Charles II’s birthday and his Restoration both fell on May 29th; the Parade used to be held annually on this date but has now moved to a variable date in early June. The Chelsea Pensioners always wear their distinctive red coats and royalty is always present. The oak leaves that are seen pinned to the Princess’ lapel below commemorate Charles II’s attempt to hide in an oak tree to escape his enemies.
Princess Diana on 9 June 1993 attends the military ceremony to take up her new post as Colonel-in-Chief to the newly formed Princess of Wales Royal Regiment, Howe Barracks, Canterbury. Upon its creation, the regiment was named for her.
The regiment was formed on September 9th 1992 as a result of the Governments Options for Change by the amalgamation of The Queen’s Regiment and The Royal Hampshire Regiment. HRH Diana, Princess of Wales was appointed the first Colonel-in-Chief in 1992. She relinquished this appointment in 1996 at the time of her divorce from Price Charles. HM Queen Margethe II of Denmark, formerly the Allied Colonel-in-Chief was appointed Colonel-in-Chief in 1997 and retains that appointment today, continuing a strong and historic linkage with the Danish Crown.
A three shot salvo was fired indicating the arrival of the Princess. During the ceremony to take up her new post, the Princess watched the Regiment’s parade and later inspected the ranks, joking and making pleasantries with the men. In her acceptance speech she pointed out that new beginnings were never easy, but that the regiment had faced challenges in the past and had shown proof they had consistently lived up to them with valour.
She was given the official pin of the insignia of the regiment which she immediately attached to the front of her suit. She later met with the families and children of the soldiers at the barracks. The regiment is known as “The Tigers.” They specialize in dismounted close combat and must train to fight in all types of terrain. Fighting on foot, they pride themselves on physical fitness and the ability to adapt both physically and mentally to their surroundings.
The Princess of Wales, wearing a pink and white Catherine Walker floral suit and matching Philip Somerville hat, inspects the guard of honour during a visit to Northampton to receive the Freedom of the City, June 8, 1989.
After months of planning, reces and several dawn rehearsals, with hours of bulling boots, pressing uniforms and the last hour arrival of new buttons behind them, 200 and more officers and men of the Corps were ready for the big day. Thursday June 8 dawned, the day the Corps was to provide a Royal Guard of Honour for the visit to Northampton of Their Royal Highnesses the Prince and Princess of Wales, and later at the Guildhall, to March past Princess Diana, who as Northamptonshire’s most famous daughter, was to receive the Freedom of the Borough.
Thursday June 8 dawned, the day the Corps was to provide a Royal Guard of Honour for the visit to Northampton of Their Royal Highnesses the Prince and Princess of Wales, and later at the Guildhall, to March past Princess Diana, who as Northamptonshire’s most famous daughter, was to receive the Freedom of the Borough.
The Guard of Honour, commanded by Major Hardy, was drawn up outside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, where Their Royal Highnesses were to attend a Service of Thanksgiving as part of Northampton’s 800th Anniversary Charter celebrations, and to open the biennial Flower Festival.
Looking very pretty in pink, the Princess of Wales arrived in a blaze of sunshine at the start of an historic day. Accompanied by Lt Col Baird, her Royal Highness then inspected the Guard of Honour, making it a memorable day for those she stopped and chatted to.
The Royal couple entered the church, where Earl and Countess Spencer and other members of Her Royal Highness’ family were already seated, to a a fanfare. After the service, during which Prince Charles read one of the lessons, Major Elliott, the Corps Secretary, had the honour of showing Their Highnesses the Corps Silver which was display in the Regimental Chapel.
JUNE 7 1989: Prince Charles and Princess Diana arriving at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, for the Royal Gala Performance of Il Trovatore with Placido Domingo as Manrico, the Count’s rival. The royal couple were guests of honor that evening at the performance.
The performance was conducted by Bernard Haitink and featured Placido Domingo, Rosalind Plowright, Willard White, Eva Randova and Sergei Leiferkus in a short-lived production by Piero Faggioni. The performance that night was dedicated to the memory of Giuseppe Patanè (1932-89). The National Anthem was played at the beginning of the performance.
A true gem of the operatic repertoire, Il Trovatore is one of Verdi’s most beloved masterpieces. With Rigoletto and La Traviata, Il Trovatore is part of the Trilogia popolare. The opera was premiered on January 19, 1853, at the Teatro Apollo in Rome. It immediately encountered great success, and during the following years, Verdi’s Trovatore toured in the most prestigious opera house around Europe: Teatro alla Scala in Milan, La Fenice in Venice, the Théâtre de la comédie italienne and the Opéra national de Paris, as well as the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in London.
The action takes place during the 15th century. A rumour says that years ago, a gypsy was wrongly accused to have bewitched the youngest of the Di Luna children, who had fallen sick. For the crime that she was accused of, the gypsy was burnt alive. At her death, she asked her daughter Azucena to avenge her, which she did by abducting the baby. Even though the count then found burnt bones in the pyre, he could never believe that his son was dead. He commanded his firstborn, the now count di Luna, to find Azucena… The plot is based on the four main characters: Azucena, the Count di Luna, Leonora (lady-in-waiting to the Princess, with whom the count is in love) and Manrico (the count’s rival).
Diana, Princess of Wales followed in the footsteps of her former husband, Prince Charles and visited a Hindu temple, in Neasden, Northern London on Friday, June 6, 1997. The Shri Swaminarayan Mandir temple is the largest outside of India and is one of Europe’s biggest Hindu temples. It has become a place of pilgrimage for many followers. Diana, the Princess of Wales, drew crowds wherever she went and her visit to the Hindu temple in London was no exception. She arrived looking cool and relaxed in a classical, Catherine Walker beige double-breasted, pleated summer dress with gold buttons and a wide belt . Before entering the holy building the Princess slipped off her beige and black high-heel shoes, to go barefoot in the temple, and revealed painted toenails in “trendy” rouge-noir. In line with Hindu tradition, the Princess also received a sacred red vermilion mark – or Chandlo – on her forehead to signify respect bestowed on a visitor. After receiving a garland of flowers the Princess walked up the steps into the temple. Inside she was given a tour which included visiting nine shrines, and some time spent inside the inner sanctum where the Princess marvelled at the intricate marble carvings. But Diana did not get to meet any of the monks, because the holy men with shaven heads and saffron robes could not look at her. The eleven Sadhus at the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir are dedicated to a “lust-free, life-time of celibacy”, which is all part of their religious observations. Diana also paid a visit to the main prayer hall and was greeted by children in spectacular peacock costumes – an important symbol in the Hindu religion. The Princess, always at ease with young people, found the time to stop and chat with a few of them. A group of young dancers below, performed a Peacock Dance for her. And the adults were also queuing up to meet one of the most popular women in Britain.
Diana chatted comfortably with the women and the men before going on to be presented with some gifts, both for herself and her children, Prince’s Harry and William.
One of India’s wealthiest families sponsored the visit which was arranged after a private charity dinner on May 1, 1997 to raise money for the Leprosy Mission of which the Princess is patron.
Diana accepted the invitation from Srichand Hinduja, 61, the London-based scion who is reputed to be the head of India’s richest family, along with his brother Gopichand, 56.