THE RARE COLLECTABLE TODAY IS FROM NEW ZEALAND:  THE DAY I MET A PRINCESS

THE RARE COLLECTABLE TODAY IS FROM NEW ZEALAND: THE DAY I MET A PRINCESS

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THIS WONDERFULLY HAND-ILLUSTRATED (almost Watercolor type illustrations) BOOK IS BASED ON A TRUE STORY OF AN ABORIGINAL GIRL, SUSAN TANE, WHO MET DIANA ON THE ROYAL TOUR TO NEW ZEALAND IN 1983.

WHILE ESSENTIALLY A CHILDREN’S BOOK, THE HAND ILLUSTRATIONS ARE INTRIGUING AND THE STORY IS OF THE GIRL’S EXCITEMENT IN MEETING A REAL LIVE PRINCESS.

THE STORY INSPIRES US ALL AS IF WE TOO, HAD MET DIANA. THIS LUCKY YOUNG GIRL REALLY DID.

THE BLACK AND WHITE PHOTO IS ORIGINAL AND IS PART OF THE BOOK.

26 MARCH 1985 PRINCESS DIANA SHIMMERS IN BRUCE OLDFIELD AT HIS LONDON FASHION SOIREE IN AID OF BARNARDO’S

26 MARCH 1985 PRINCESS DIANA SHIMMERS IN BRUCE OLDFIELD AT HIS LONDON FASHION SOIREE IN AID OF BARNARDO’S

image image While bopping on the dance floor at London’s Grosvenor House ballroom with Superman Christopher Reeve, the Princess of Wales was heard to remark that some of the men she’d been dancing with seemed a bit reluctant to put their hands on her bare back.

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Not so for her first dancing partner of the evening, Bruce Oldfield, who had designed the fortuny pleated, open-back, Odeon draped gown of sun rays in silver and gold lame.  Oldfield, who is one of the 23-year-old Princess’ favorite designers, hosted the gala evening as a benefit for Dr. Barnardo’s, the orphanage in which he was reared. It was the Princess’ first official appearance as president of Dr. Barnardo’s, and she dazzled the 900 guests as she posed for pictures with Joan Collins.
imageimage DAZZLING: Princess Diana upstaged the soap opera queen Joan Collins. Di glided in, looking as if she had just stepped off the set of Dallas or Dynasty. Her backless gown in shimmering silver flattered her fabulous figure. And, Dynasty star Joan, in a slinky white number with a diamond encrusted bodice was outshone when they shook hands.  Oldfield had designed both dresses.
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Other guests who paid 100 pounds each for the privilege of saying they had rubbed shoulders with the Princess of Wales on the dance floor–and they did–including ex-Beatle Ringo Starr, Charlotte Rampling and David Frost.

imageWhen Diana heard that Joan Collins, Shirley Bassey and Charlotte Rampling were going to be at the party, she said to me: ‘Bruce, just make me glamorous!’

image image It was 1985 and the party was a gala night for Barnardo’s, the children’s charity. She was the new President and I was a former Barnardo’s boy. She occasionally called me ‘Oily Oldfield’ because in those very deferential days, I’d learnt all the royal etiquette and perhaps overdid it from time to time – I always called her ‘Ma’am’ never ‘Diana’. The Palace thought we were a great fit: me, the mixed-race orphan boy done-good, and her, the beautiful young Princess.
image She was very mischievous. At one point on the night, she pinched my backside to make me keep the speech short, and she’d smuggled in a packet of Benson & Hedges cigarettes in her bag for me, even though it was against royal protocol to smoke before the Loyal toast.
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Although bought up in very elevated circumstances, the Princess always found the formality of her position a little embarrassing; that was why she always did that mock self-deprecating, winking thing – her playful side.   Bruce Oldfield, May 2011, Speaking On his Friendship with Diana.

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25 MARCH 1985 PRINCESS DIANA PAYS A VISIT TO ROXBURGHE HOUSE HOSPICE IN ABERDEEN SCOTLAND BEFORE RETURNING TO LONDON

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OUR SECOND DRESS PROFILE TODAY: THE CATHERINE WALKER CREAM COTTON SAFARI STYLE SUIT WITH PLEATED CULOTTES WORN IN CARAJAS BRAZIL 23 APRIL 1991

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Catherine Walker cotton silk safari style jacket with tortoiseshell buttons, round neckline and wide matching fabric belt with full, pleated culottes to resemble a skirt.  She and Charles had somewhat matching outfits that day!

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THE DRESS A DAY PROFILE RESUMES TODAY: THE SATIN AND SILK CHIFFON BELLVILLE SASSOON GOWN WORN 4 NOVEMBER 1981

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The silk and satin chiffon gown was embroidered with silver thread and sequin floral sprays on the sleeves and full skirt of the gown. The bodice was padded as per the Princess’ instructions in the letters below to Sassoon.

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23 MARCH 1984 PRINCESS DIANA OPENS A NEW SPINAL INJURIES UNIT AT THE ROYAL ORTHOPAEDIC HOSPITAL IN STANMORE, MIDDLESEX

23 MARCH 1984 PRINCESS DIANA OPENS A NEW SPINAL INJURIES UNIT AT THE ROYAL ORTHOPAEDIC HOSPITAL IN STANMORE, MIDDLESEX

image March 23, 1984: Princess Diana at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore, Middlesex. She opened a new spinal injuries unit during her visit and spent time meeting some of the patients.

She is wearing a dark burgundy velvet Jaeger off-the-peg suit with her trademark John Boyd hat with ostrich plumes.  I believe that the off-white, eyelet trimmed blouse with the wide collar is by Dutch designer, Jan Van Velden.

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23 MARCH 1987 PRINCESS DIANA, PRINCE CHARLES AND THE QUEEN MOTHER ATTEND THE PREMIERE OF “84 CHARING CROSS ROAD”

23 MARCH 1987 PRINCESS DIANA, PRINCE CHARLES AND THE QUEEN MOTHER ATTEND THE PREMIERE OF “84 CHARING CROSS ROAD”

imageDiana, Charles and the Queen Mother arrive for the Premiere of 84 Charing Cross Road in aid of the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund
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The story is a classic:

In 1949 Helene Hanff, in search of obscure classics and British literature titles she has been unable to find in New York City, notices an ad in the Saturday Review of Literature placed by antiquarian booksellers Marks & Co located at the titular address in London. She contacts the shop and chief buyer and manager Frank Doel fulfills her requests. A long distance friendship evolves over time, not only between the two but between Hanff and other staff members as well, including birthday gifts, holiday packages, and food parcels to compensate for post-World War II food shortages in Britain. Their correspondence includes discussions about topics as diverse as the sermons of John Donne, how to make Yorkshire Pudding, the Brooklyn Dodgers, and the coronation of Elizabeth II.

Hanff postpones visiting her English friends until too late: Doel dies in December 1968 and the bookshop eventually closes. She finally visits Charing Cross Road and the vacant shop in the summer of 1971.  Anne Bancroft played Hanff in the film and Anthony Hopkins was Frank Doel.
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Helene Hanff met the Queen Mother at the film premiere in 1987.
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Joan Collins attended the premiere the same evening and met Princess Diana.
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22 MARCH 1984 PRINCESS DIANA WEAVES A SPECIAL MAGIC ON A DAY VISIT TO T.W. KEMPTON IN LEICESTER

22 MARCH 1984 PRINCESS DIANA WEAVES A SPECIAL MAGIC ON A DAY VISIT TO T.W. KEMPTON IN LEICESTER

imageOriginal Leicester Mercury Newspaper, “Diana Weaves a Special Magic” March 23, 1984

March 22, 1984:   Princess Diana arrived at the East Midlands Airport to begin her “flying” visit to Leicester.  She got a late start after greeting everyone at the airport, but was soon on her way to the T. W. Kempton Knitwear Factory where crowds had been waiting since before dawn.   She toured the factory and confided to factory worker, Brenda Meason, that morning sickness was taking its toll. “I haven’t felt well since day one,” she told the quality controller as if she had known her for years. She also told her, “I am hoping for a girl.”
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She later admitted to a crowd of workers that she feared William would be having a field day at home breaking everything in sight while she was away that day.  Upon noticing some of the women’s short hair styles, she asked them if they were fans of “Boy George.”  Finally, the workers had arranged a special gift for her: A very lovely framed portrait of the Princess and a large special chocolate Easter egg with William’s name on it were given to her at the end of the visit.

After a brief buffet lunch of vol-au-vents and wine with other company officials within the factory,  she continued her visit to the Belgrave Neighborhood Centre in Leicester.
imageThe Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre is situated in the heart of Leicester’s Golden Mile and offers a variety of classes, social activities and special events for people of all ages.  It was, again, a throng of crowds waiting to see her.  Rosemary Forrester and her son, Howard, shown above in the newspaper, were lucky as they had a chance to chat with her at the Centre.
image image She continued on her visit to arrive at The Charnwood Mencap Society for mentally handicapped children almost 40 minutes late.  The A6 was lined with huge crowds as she drove into the town.  She was welcomed to Loughborough, the town of bells, by 15 members of the Gateway Youth Club Handbell Team.  The princess autographed a color photograph of herself for one group she met. It was then hung on a wall at the Glebe House, Loughborough, headquarters of Charnwood Mencap, where the Princess met many children and staff after visiting Leicester.
image As well as the children and staff members who helped them, she met other groups who used the building. Members of the Gateway Youth Club also played a selection of tunes for her.  As she was signing the Visitors’ book at Mencap the pen stopped working and she held it up in amusement in front of her.  The crowds overloaded her with bouquets of flowers which her detective and lady-in-wating loaded into the plane as she was leaving the airport later that day.
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It was a successful visit and one the Leicester Mercury Newspaper highlighted in 1984 with a rare, special issue shown here.  At T.W. Kempton, young Patricia Brooks gave the princess a blue and white teddy bear.  Her father, Mr Tony Brooks, said: “Everyone was amazed at the Princess’ calmness and pleasantness. She thoroughly enjoyed her visit here.
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22 MARCH 1982 PRINCE CHARLES AND PRINCESS DIANA MAKE THEIR FIRST VISIT TO HUDDERSFIELD

22 MARCH 1982 PRINCE CHARLES AND PRINCESS DIANA MAKE THEIR FIRST VISIT TO HUDDERSFIELD

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22ND MARCH 1982: The PRINCE AND PRINCESS OF WALES pay their first visit to Huddersfield. Thousands turn out to welcome them as they arrive.  They make a visit to St. Patrick’s Centre to meet people assisted by The Prince’s Trust and they later take a brief walkabout to greet the crowds.

Diana is wearing a raspberry mohair maternity coat with a large rectangular fringed collar by Bellville Sassoon and a black ruffle trim polka-dot maternity dress by Chelsea Design/Catherine Walker.  Her black bow trimmed flats are by HM Rayne.  If you look carefully at the photo of her arriving on the steps of the plane, you can see she is wearing knee high hosiery.  They were expecting their first child in June 1982.
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21 MARCH 1998 THE PRINCESS BALL IN LOS ANGELES; A FUNDRAISER FOR THE PRINCESS DIANA MEMORIAL FUND

21 MARCH 1998 THE PRINCESS BALL IN LOS ANGELES; A FUNDRAISER FOR THE PRINCESS DIANA MEMORIAL FUND

The programme cover from The Princess Ball

The programme cover from The Princess Ball 1998.

A secret bidder has paid 2.2 million dollars to take home the heart-shaped diamond and sapphire necklace inspired by the film “Titanic”.

The diamond and sapphire necklace was auctioned in Los Angeles at the Princess Ball a charity event raising money for the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund.
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Stars gathered for a Princess Diana fund-raiser to auction a replica of the heart-shaped necklace featured in “Titanic,” – and to bid for other items that had belonged to the Princess.
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Saturday’s Princess Ball, with Angela Lansbury, John Travolta, Kelly Preston and Rupert Everett co-chairing the event, is part of a gala benefit for the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund and Aid for AIDS.
image The event, held in the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, was the first official US tribute to the Princess sanctioned by her fund.

After the limousines finished dropping off their high-priced clients, and the five-hundred dollar a plate meals eaten, the big show got under way.

With the lights down, Richard S. Wolf got the highly-anticipated auction underway.

“Now we are about to prove that there is no free dinner. Even though you’ve paid five-hundred dollars for it. We have a number of items we’re going to auction this evening. All of the proceeds will be going to the charities represented this evening and I expect you to bid often, to bid early, and to let your generosity flow forth.”

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The first item up for bid was of mostly sentimental value.

It was a blue oval box painted with the letter “D” and decorated with the Spencer family coronet.
image Diana gave the box as a birthday gift to her butler, Paul Burrell.
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Burrell, who was known as the princess’ confidante and who worked at Buckingham Palace for two decades, was the first manager of the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fund in 1998.
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Bidding began sluggishly, as Wolf had trouble getting the audience to wave their hands in the air furiously if they wanted to make a bid.  But once the crowd got going, the box went for the hefty sum of $6K thousand dollars.

Between the cornerstone items were a number of package holidays which relived the Diana days.image

The trips went from Los Angeles to London, New York and the British Virgin Islands, all favourite Diana destinations.

Some of the more classic items included photographs, and sketches of her wedding dress.
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But the centre of attention was when the diamond and sapphire replica of the costume necklace featured in the movie “Titanic” went up for bids.
image The original was donned by actress Kate Winslet and served as a symbolic thread of love and memory in the blockbuster hit.

Called “La Coeur de la Mer,” or “Heart of the Ocean,” the necklace created by Asprey of London features a 170-carat sapphire and diamond necklace valued at $3.5 million dollars.

The marine-blue gem, culled from mines in Sri Lanka, is set in platinum and encased by a collection of 36 carats of diamonds.  Asprey London also created the costume necklace for the film, and bidding for the replica was expected to begin at  $1.5 million dollars.

It started lower, at $1 million, and the eventual owner of the necklace looked to be getting a bargain.

The bids started rising and crested at about $2 million when two bidders were going neck and neck.
image It was finally sold for $2.2 million and the lucky bidder looks to have found himself a bargain by $1.3 million.

However, the bidder was not actually present as the bids being taken via cellular telephone.

Even though the bidder was not present, his representatives were grilled by the media shortly after Wolf’s gavel hit the podium for the last time.  It was reported at the time that the necklace would be loaned to Celine Dion to wear at the upcoming Oscars Ceremony that March.
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The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund was established by Kensington Palace following Diana’s death in an August 1997 car accident.

The fund will help charitable groups supported by Diana, including AIDS research and other humanitarian causes.
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REMEMBERING PRINCESS DIANA’S VISIT TO WASHINGTON DC NOVEMBER 11, 1985

REMEMBERING PRINCESS DIANA’S VISIT TO WASHINGTON DC NOVEMBER 11, 1985

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SPRINGFIELD, VA. — Princess Diana bought an $8 silk scarf during a royal tour of the J.C. Penney store here Monday, setting off a mini-fashion frenzy when the doors opened to her devoted fans.
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Twenty minutes after she and Prince Charles finished viewing the store`s “Best of Britain“ promotion, 75 red women`s ties with black polka dots — the store`s entire stock — had been snatched from the shelves.
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“We were hoping, but we didn`t really expect her to buy anything,“ said Betsy Leonhard, senior merchandising manager for the Springfield store which was closed to the public during the royal tour.

image The royal couple`s last day of their three-day trip to Washington also included a stop at a drug rehabilitation center, a ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and a dinner at the National Gallery of Art. They were to leave for Palm Beach this morning.
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image Diana was bemused to see the display of a Silver Cloud Rolls Royce supported by Wedgwood teacups.  She later circled the car and bent down to inspect it curiously and in disbelief!

While Charles and Diana perused the merchandise at Penney`s, an estimated 4,000 people squirmed excitedly behind police barricades in the parking lot of the Springfield Mall, waiting for the couple to emerge.
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When the couple finally emerged from the store entrance, they passed two guards in Beefeater uniforms of tall black hats and red jackets. As the prince and princess strolled down the red carpet, the air filled with screams.
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Instead of climbing into their silver Rolls-Royce, the couple continued on toward the crowd to shake hands, the only time they have done so since their airport welcome.

The whole experience was too overwhelming for 14-year-old Grace Coronado of Long Island, who had saved up her money to fly to Virginia for a chance to see Diana.

21 MARCH 1987 PRINCE CHARLES & PRINCESS DIANA ATTEND A RECEPTION AT THE SPANISH EMBASSY IN LONDON

21 MARCH 1987 PRINCE CHARLES & PRINCESS DIANA ATTEND A RECEPTION AT THE SPANISH EMBASSY IN LONDON

imageThe Spanish Ambassador, José Joaquín Puig de la Bellacasa y Urdampilleta with the Prince and Princess of Wales.image The event was attended by more than 40 people, including the King and Queen of Greece, Sir Geoffrey Howe, and Roy Jenkins, the new chancellor of the University of Oxford.
image Charles and Diana were treated to a piano recital by Enrique Perez de Guzman and music from the Triana, Sevilla musicians, Albahaca. The singer of the group, Paco Lola, asked Diana to dance and she accepted. He later said that it was the best moment of his life, although a sudden fit of insanity to ask her.  She was enchanting and he didn’t pay attention to the dancing because her face was just ‘a dream.’

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Paco Lola’s comments in Spanish are below:
-El día que se le ocurrió sacar a bailar en Londres a Lady Di, ¿fue un arrebato de insensatez o la mejor inversión de su vida?

-Lo primero, sin duda. Pero salió bien y ella estuvo encantadora. No me fijé ni en cómo bailaba, porque tenía una cara para soñar.

20 MARCH 1995 PRINCESS DIANA SEES HER FIRST CATWALK SHOW AT LONDON FASHION WEEK EXHIBITION

20 MARCH 1995 PRINCESS DIANA SEES HER FIRST CATWALK SHOW AT LONDON FASHION WEEK EXHIBITION

image London Fashion Week Thought That The Princess Had Deserted It. That Was Until Today When A Neatly Coiffed And Elegantly Attired Princess Diana Unexpectedly Turned Up At The Fashion Show Event Staged At The Natural History Museum.

image Her Intention Was Simply To Look Around The Static Fashion Exhibition But Then She Confided That She Had Never Experienced A Real Catwalk Show.

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Clinton Silver Chairman Of The British Fashion Council And Anna Harvey Deputy Editor Of British Vogue Whisked Her Straight Into See The Joe Casely-Hayford Collection.

To the strains of Born Free and You Are the Sunshine of My Life, the princess sized up wellington boots worn with tweed and striped tailored suits. But some of the clothes shown were far more daring, leaving much less to the imagination.
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19 MARCH 1991 PRINCESS DIANA IN YORKS!   A VISIT TO HARROGATE TO OPEN NEW £6M HEADQUARTERS OF ACKRILL NEWSPAPER GROUP

19 MARCH 1991 PRINCESS DIANA IN YORKS! A VISIT TO HARROGATE TO OPEN NEW £6M HEADQUARTERS OF ACKRILL NEWSPAPER GROUP

image The Princess of Wales’ first engagement in Harrogate was to officially open the new £6M headquarters of the Ackrill Newspaper Group.

Her arms were laden with Spring flowers, but she accepted an embroidered picture given to her by a little girl after the opening ceremony.
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‘Surprise, surprise ! – mustn’t say that,  makes me sound like Cilla!”  The Princess laughs as she sees me.

“Were these taken last week then?” she asks as she looks at my pictures. “Yes and we’re here again,” I joke.
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“We try to plan our holidays around your visits,” Mum explains.

“Well I’ve just about finished for Easter,” the Princess says.
image “Oh, that’s all right, we’ll come to Windsor then. You can’t get rid of us that quick,” I retort.

“Oh, no . . . ” she shrieks with laughter.

“Don’t you ever find it hard to remember the people you see everyday?” Mum asks the Princess.
image “No, I haven’t a good memory for names, but for faces I have,” she says.

“You’re sure that we’re not pests?” I ask.

“No, not at all, you’re not pests.  Maybe next time though, you’d better camp out in your beds when I see you,” she says, throwing her head back laughing.
image That afternoon, the Princess went on to open the town’s new £2M magistrates’ courts on Victoria Street in Harrogate, although on her departure the heavens opened and the Princess made a dash for her car.

Paul Ratcliffe, Royal Photographer, 1991, West Yorkshire.  Paul wrote the book, “Royal Encounters” in 1993.

19 MARCH 1997 PRINCESS DIANA ATTENDS THE DAILY STAR GOLD AWARDS CEREMONY AT THE SAVOY HOTEL, LONDON

19 MARCH 1997 PRINCESS DIANA ATTENDS THE DAILY STAR GOLD AWARDS CEREMONY AT THE SAVOY HOTEL, LONDON

imageDiana told an audience at London’s Savoy Hotel she had chosen the Daily Star Gold Awards to show the world why she was channelling her energy into wiping out landmines. image

She reduced the star-studded audience at the March 19, 1997 event to tears with her tribute to blast victim Chris Moon, a former Marine who lost an arm and a leg trying to clear a minefield in Mozambique.
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The Daily Star Gold Awards honour U-K citizens who have shown extraordinary bravery.
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Chris Moon was one of the recipients of the award and Diana presented it to him personally.

Moon raised 50-thousand pounds for a British charity’s anti-landmines appeal when he ran in the London Marathon.   He lost his right leg and hand when clearing mines in Mozambique.

Also at the awards ceremony were the wives of John Major and Tony Blair.
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But royal author John Morgan claimed Diana had another motive for attending the ceremony.

He said that just days before her appearance, the Princess received a death threat phone call.

Mr Morgan told how her friend Simone Simmons, who was with Di at Kensington Palace, said the colour drained from her face as the caller – a powerful establishment figure – warned: “Drop the anti-landmines campaign, you never know when an accident is going to happen.”

But, after ending the call, Diana defiantly told her friend: “It doesn’t matter what happens to me. We must do something. We cannot allow the slaughter to continue.”

Mr Morgan said the “spooked” Princess began secretly filming seven videos, 12 hours of footage, using an ex-BBC cameramen.   He explained: “She was desperate to record her story, tell things as they really were, just in case anything happened to her.”

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Diana began keeping her extensive seven-inch thick anti-landmine dossier, which she had spent months compiling, in friend Elsa Bowker’s locked safe “as a precaution”.

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Within days Diana confirmed that she would not only attend the Gold Awards but also make a speech.

Australian-based Mr Morgan, who has spent 16 years researching Diana’s death and has written nine books, said: “It was clear to her enemies that she wasn’t going to heed the warning and that she had to be removed from the scene. The nod was given to M16.”

She died five months later.
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19 MARCH 1996 THE QUEEN OF HEARTS MEETS HERSELF IN THE ENGLISH NATIONAL BALLET’S ROYAL PREMIERE OF  “ALICE IN WONDERLAND”

19 MARCH 1996 THE QUEEN OF HEARTS MEETS HERSELF IN THE ENGLISH NATIONAL BALLET’S ROYAL PREMIERE OF “ALICE IN WONDERLAND”

image Princess Diana met the cast of Alice in Wonderland backstage after the English National Ballet’s production at the Coliseum in London on March 19, 1996. She smiled broadly when she met her counterpart, the “QUEEN OF HEARTS.”  She spoke animatedly with the cast and asked them how they managed to dance in their cumbersome costumes. At the time, she was Patron of the English National Ballet.

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Diana with 4 year old Greta Born after receiving a programme

She is wearing a gold brocade, embroidered minimalistic sheath with braided hem, neckline and arm detail by Catherine Walker and those strappy gold heels are by Jimmy Choo. She had several pairs in different colors.
image Alice in Wonderland was choreographed by Derek Deane and the score was arranged by Carl Davies. The English National Ballet Royal Premiere for Diana Princess Of Wales at the London Coliseum in 1996 made several national tours. The ballet was packed with visual illusions. It was nominated for best new dance production in the Olivier Awards 1996.
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18 MARCH 1982 PRINCE CHARLES & PRINCESS DIANA AT THE CHELTENHAM GOLD CUP, CHELTENHAM RACECOURSE, PRESTBURY PARK CHESHIRE

18 MARCH 1982 PRINCE CHARLES & PRINCESS DIANA AT THE CHELTENHAM GOLD CUP, CHELTENHAM RACECOURSE, PRESTBURY PARK CHESHIRE

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The Prince and Princess of Wales at the Cheltenham Gold Cup, March 18, 1982

Cheltenham is a borough of Gloucestershire and is located on the edge of the Cotswolds. It is the home of the flagship race of British steeplechase horse racing, the Gold Cup, which is the the main event of the Cheltenham Festival held every March.

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It was traditionally run on Thursday when Cheltenham staged a three-day Festival, but in the new four-day Festival it has become the Friday centrepiece. Its first sponsor was Piper Champagne in 1975, but since 1980 it has been sponsored by the Tote.  It has since been branded the Totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup.
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18 MARCH 1985 PRINCE CHARLES & PRINCESS DIANA ATTEND THE PREMIERE OF ‘A PASSAGE TO INDIA’ AT LEICESTER SQUARE WITH THE QUEEN MOTHER AND PRINCESS ANNE

18 MARCH 1985 PRINCE CHARLES & PRINCESS DIANA ATTEND THE PREMIERE OF ‘A PASSAGE TO INDIA’ AT LEICESTER SQUARE WITH THE QUEEN MOTHER AND PRINCESS ANNE

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The turquoise silk sparkle Emanuel Gown with shoulder bow detail

image Based on the renowned E.M. Forster novel, this expansive period drama centers on the changing dynamic between British colonials and native locals in India during the 1920s. When an outing to explore scenic caves ends in English tourist Adela Quested (Judy Davis) accusing Indian doctor Aziz Ahmed (Victor Banerjee) of rape, the incident results in a major court case, one that reinforces tensions between the British Empire and the growing movement towards Indian independence.


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17 MARCH 1997 PRINCESS DIANA AND NELSON MANDELA MEET IN SOUTH AFRICA

17 MARCH 1997 PRINCESS DIANA AND NELSON MANDELA MEET IN SOUTH AFRICA

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Princess Diana fulfilled a long-held personal ambition by meeting Nelson Mandela at his holiday home in South Africa on March 17, 1997.  Diana was visiting the country privately to see her brother, Charles Spencer.  After an hour long meeting in which he praised the Princess for her work with AIDS charities worldwide, the two posed for photos. The President was equally effusive in meeting her as he said, “It’s not often that I meet princesses. I am still trembling.”

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16 MARCH 1982 THE PRINCE AND PRINCESS OF WALES ATTEND A STATE BANQUET AT BUCKINGHAM PALACE FOR THE SULTAN OF OMAN

image March 16, 1982: Prince Charles, Princess Diana behind Queen Elizabeth II with the Sultan of Oman, HM Qaboos Bin Al Said, at a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace.

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THURSDAY 15 MARCH 1984 PRINCE CHARLES AND PRINCESS DIANA VISIT SHEFFIELD & THE WESTALL RICHARDSON CUTLERY FACTORY LTD.

THURSDAY 15 MARCH 1984 PRINCE CHARLES AND PRINCESS DIANA VISIT SHEFFIELD & THE WESTALL RICHARDSON CUTLERY FACTORY LTD.

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Thursday, March 15, 1984: Prince Charles and Princess Diana visit Sheffield and tour the Westall Richardson Cutlery Factory.  They later visited with crowds on the street and attended a reception at the town hall.  Their last stop was a visit to St. Luke’s Hospice.  Diana is wearing a blue wool Bellville Sassoon suit with inverted pleat sleeves along with her trademark John Boyd hat with netting frilled at the back. 

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Afterwards, Charles and Diana visited with the crowds outside and then traveled to an afternoon reception at the Sheffield Town Hall. Their last stop was a visit to St. Luke’s Hospice in town.
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Freda Dunk, a volunteer at St Luke’s Hospice, remembers the Royal Couple’s visit well; “The Prince and Princess of Wales visited in 1984, and Diana was pregnant with Prince Harry,” Freda recalls.

“The people of Sheffield lined the route to the hospice – and the building was especially clean and shiny that day!”
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14 MARCH 1982 PRINCE CHARLES & PRINCESS DIANA ATTEND A HECTOR BERLIOZ CONCERT AT ROYAL ALBERT HALL, LONDON

14 MARCH 1982 PRINCE CHARLES & PRINCESS DIANA ATTEND A HECTOR BERLIOZ CONCERT AT ROYAL ALBERT HALL, LONDON

image March 14, 1982: Princess Diana arrives at a Hector Berlioz Music concert at Royal Albert Hall. The royal couple were at Royal Albert Hall in London for a performance of Hector Berlioz’s ”Requiem.” They were expecting their first child in June 1982.
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14 MARCH 1994 PRINCESS DIANA VISITS HER NEWBORN NEPHEW, LOUIS, AT ST. MARY’S HOSPITAL PADDINGTON WEARING ESCADA

14 MARCH 1994 PRINCESS DIANA VISITS HER NEWBORN NEPHEW, LOUIS, AT ST. MARY’S HOSPITAL PADDINGTON WEARING ESCADA

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Diana wore the German designed Escada tie with matching blazer and belt when she visited St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington to see her new-born baby nephew Louis Frederick, Viscount Althorp, son of her brother, Charles Spencer and his first wife, Victoria Lockwood.  The tie went up for auction in June 2013.
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‘After she visited Earl Spencer’s new-born son at St Mary’s, she sent the elephant tie to a friend’s daughter so their father could wear it at a job interview.’

The gift as wrapped by Diana

The gift as wrapped by Diana

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The tie, which had an estimate of between £2,000 and £3,000, was being sold with an original photograph showing the Princess wearing it on her hospital visit.
image She also wore a matching black jacket and belt by the same German designer Escada with gold elephants around each cuff.
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Reeman Dansie Auctioneers of Colchester sold the tie at auction for £3,800 on June 18, 2013.  They said at the time, “Diana wore it very publicly.”image

OUR RARE PRINCESS DIANA COLLECTABLE TODAY IS FROM THE TOUR OF THE PERSIAN GULF MARCH 1989; THE SOUVENIR TOUR PROGRAM

OUR RARE PRINCESS DIANA COLLECTABLE TODAY IS FROM THE TOUR OF THE PERSIAN GULF MARCH 1989; THE SOUVENIR TOUR PROGRAM

image In March 1989, the couple were invited to visit the Arab States of the Persian Gulf, where they met with the British citizens, visited Schools of British Scots in the region and joined members of the royal families in state dinners and desert picnics. The tour began in Kuwait and they stayed in the As-Salam Palace at Shuwaikh Port as guests of the Kuwait Government. During their visit, they had an audience with the Emir of Kuwait, followed by lunch. They also had an audience with the Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Kuwait, who hosted a dinner in their honour.

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During their tour in Kuwait, the Princess visited The Kuwait Handicapped Society, reflecting her ongoing interest in children and their needs.image imageThe tour photos from the United Arab Emirates.
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Welcome in Kuwait
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13 MARCH 1987 PRINCESS DIANA VISITS BARNARDO’S HIGH CLOSE SCHOOL IN WOKINGHAM, BERKSHIRE

13 MARCH 1987 PRINCESS DIANA VISITS BARNARDO’S HIGH CLOSE SCHOOL IN WOKINGHAM, BERKSHIRE

image image Barnardo’s High Close School, located in Wokingham in Berkshire, is a mixed residential and day school catering for 7-18 year olds who have a range of special educational needs arising from complex social, emotional and behavioral difficulties.
image As President of Barnardo’s, HRH Princess Diana visited the school on. March 13, 1987.  Following this visit, further development and expansion took place with the official 2002 opening presided over by The Earl of Listowel. Then in 2007, High Close received a further Royal visit when HRH Duchess of Cornwall, now President of Barnardo’s, visited the school.
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Teacher David Hurst getting his hair cut by pupil Pamela Kohl

Teacher David Hurst getting his hair cut by pupil Pamela Kohl

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13 MARCH 1981 LADY DIANA JOINS THE ROYAL FAMILY AT SANDOWN RACECOURSE TO SEE PRINCE CHARLES IN THE GRAND MILITARY GOLD CUP CHASE

13 MARCH 1981 LADY DIANA JOINS THE ROYAL FAMILY AT SANDOWN RACECOURSE TO SEE PRINCE CHARLES IN THE GRAND MILITARY GOLD CUP CHASE

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She is wearing a Bill Pashley tobacco brown flannel suit.

The Grand Military Gold Cup is held annually at Sandown Park Racecourse in Esher, Surrey. It is a meeting point for the Military, in particular for Cavalry Officers, with its origins in the days when mounted Cavalry Officers still rode to war.

Prince Charles rode Good Prospect in the 1981 Horse And Hound Grand Military Gold Cup. The Prince’s attempt to win the race came to a premature end when the 12-year-old horse made a mistake at the 18th Railway Fence less than a mile from home and unseated him. He remounted and appeared unhurt apart from a bloodied nose and rode the gelding back to the unsaddling enclosure. The Prince and Good Prospect had been favorites to win the steeplechase that day.


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12 MARCH 1983 PRINCE CHARLES AND PRINCESS DIANA ATTEND GODCHILD ALEXANDRA KNATCHBULL CHRISTENING AT ROMSEY ABBEY

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Alexandra Knatchbull is the daughter of Norton Knatchbull, 8th Baron Brabourne and his wife, Penelope Meredith (née Eastwood), known at the time of her birth as Lord and Lady Romsey. She is a great-great-great-great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria and a third cousin twice removed of the Queen. Through Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, she is the third cousin of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge. She is in the line of succession to the British throne.

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Alexandra Victoria Edwina Diana Knatchbull was born on 5 December 1982 at King’s College Hospital, London, and christened at Romsey Abbey on 12 March 1983. She was one of 17 godchildren of Diana, Princess of Wales.

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She studied theology at Regent’s Park College, Oxford and obtained an upper-second class degree in 2005. She served a year in office as Captain of Boats. In the autumn of 2006, she began graduate studies at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University focusing on International Security.

CNN INTERVIEW WILL SPOTLIGHT THE PRINCE OF WALES and DUCHESS CORNWALL MARRIAGE

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Foster promises an exploration of Camilla’s improved public image, 10 years after their controversial marriage in April 2005, and 10 years after they first visited the U.S. together.

It’s not exactly a sit-down encounter — hard to do standing in water in chilly Scotland — but CNN’s London-based Max Foster has snagged a rare interview with Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla Duchess of Cornwall.

It took place in January at the couple’s holiday home in Scotland on the royal Balmoral estate, famous for its cold, wet and wild terrain. The picture CNN provided shows Foster with Charles and Camilla, all of them bundled up, standing near water.

The interview, CNN Spotlight: Charles and Camilla, will air on March 14, three days before the royal couple arrive for a four-day visit to the USA.

OUR DRESS A DAY PROFILE CONTINUES:  THE BLUE CHANEL SUIT PRINCESS DIANA WORE TO PRINCE WILLIAM’S CONFIRMATION 9 MARCH 1997

OUR DRESS A DAY PROFILE CONTINUES: THE BLUE CHANEL SUIT PRINCESS DIANA WORE TO PRINCE WILLIAM’S CONFIRMATION 9 MARCH 1997

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The Karl Lagerfield designed suit for the fashion house Chanel was one of her best and most iconic outfits. It was chosen from their Spring and Summer Couture line in 1997.  The suit was bought off the peg and Diana wore it twice.  She wore it March 9, 1997 to Prince William’s confirmation and on 21 April that same year to the British Lung Foundation launch of a “Princess of Wales Rose,” named after her.

The suit is a pale blue boucle light wool with fringed lapels and inset pocket detailing worn with an above the knee skirt.  For the confirmation, Diana wore a matching pillbox hat with a beige handbag and matching Chanel heels.  It was truly French Couture at its best!


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11 MARCH 1988 PRINCE CHARLES & PRINCESS DIANA END KLOSTERS SKI HOLIDAY AFTER FATAL AVALANCHE KILLED MAJOR HUGH LINDSAY

11 MARCH 1988 PRINCE CHARLES & PRINCESS DIANA END KLOSTERS SKI HOLIDAY AFTER FATAL AVALANCHE KILLED MAJOR HUGH LINDSAY

imagePrince Charles, Princess Diana and Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, return to England with the coffin of their friend Major Hugh Lindsay at RAF Northolt in London, England. Major Lindsay was killed in an avalanche March 10, 1988 in Klosters that nearly killed the Prince. image

A distraught Prince of Wales took part yesterday in a desperate attempt to rescue one of his close friends, who was killed after being buried by an avalanche which swept down a mountain in the Swiss resort of Klosters where the royal party was skiing.

Prince Charles, who was not hurt in the incident, joined other members of the party in a frantic bid to dig out Major Hugh Lindsay, who was caught in the cascade of tons of freshly fallen snow which shot down Gotschnagrat Mountain in the fashionable ski resort.

A second member of the party, who was also trapped in the avalanche , Mrs Charles Palmer-Tomkinson, sustained leg injuries.

Major Lindsay, a former equerry to the Queen, was found to be dead on arrival at Davos hospital, to where he and Mrs Palmer-Tomkinson were helicoptered by the Red Cross after the accident.
image The incident occurred at 2.45 pm yesterday when the Prince of Wales, Major Lindsay, Mr and Mrs Palmer-Tomkinson, a Swiss guide and a Swiss police officer were in a stationary position off-piste near the Wang run.

According to Buckingham Palace, the avalanche started above them and all of the royal party were able to take avoiding action except the two victims, who were caught in the sudden slide of snow which had been building up on the mountain yesterday during a fresh and heavy fall.

Eye-witnesses said that Prince Charles, who was lifted off the slope by a second helicopter, was visibly distressed. The second helicopter pilot was quoted by locally based reporters as saying the Prince was weeping.
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Neither the Princess of Wales nor the Duchess of York, who are also on the skiing holiday, were on the mountain when the avalanche occurred. They were both in the royal party’s chalet in Davos.

image The slopes on Gotschnagrat Mountain are amongst the steepest in Switzerland and are rarely open to the general public. They are regarded as suitable only for experienced skiers like Prince Charles.

Before yesterday’s tragedy there had been a heavy snowfall on the mountain, although it was not thought last night that the sudden change in weather conditions had led the Klosters authorities to issue an avalanche warning.

Major Lindsay was 34. His wife, Sarah, who is expecting a baby, works in the press office at Buckingham Palace.

A career army officer, he returned to his full-time army duties in 1986 after his spell in service to the Queen as an equerry.

Mrs Lindsay was being comforted by friends in London last night.
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