Princess Diana chatting with Betty Kenward, British society columnist for Harpers and Queen and the Daily Telegraph at the time, during a Polo match at Smiths Lawn, Windsor. On her right is Estee Lauder cosmetics founder, Mrs. Estee Lauder, 24 May 1984. Mrs. Lauder, who owned a home in London, was a friend of the Princess’ and had attended numerous functions with her in London during her lifetime.
The Guards Polo Club is based at Smiths Lawn, in Windsor Great Park, which is thought to have been named after a game keeper at the time of the Restoration in the 17th century. The Club has ten polo pitches on 53 hectares (130 acres) with stables, paddocks and training facilities four miles away at Flemish Farm. The Queen and Prince Philip opened a new, purpose-built clubhouse and Royal box in front of a selection of club members at Smiths Lawn on Sunday 26 April 2009.
With Major Ronald Ferguson, below, Sarah Ferguson’s father, and the detective at the far right is Tony Parker.
Barley Wood’s big day when Princess Diana came to visit The Barley Wood Treatment Centre
The visit of Princess Diana on 23 May 1989 was probably the most prestigious of all visits for Barley Wood, an alcohol and drug treatment centre. A large crowd of people walked up Long Lane, the whole school, including the Head, Alan Kirkpatrick, and Deputy-head, Jenny Leyton, were bussed up at 11.43am, and among the local dignitaries were the Chairmen of the Parish Council and Woodspring, the predecessor authority to North Somerset Council. As everyone had to be in their places well before the princess’s arrival, the children were given refreshments in a marquee. Police ensured bags were clear of suspicious contents, and there were flags a-plenty.The three-car cavalcade swept up the drive on the dot of 1 o’clock, a bouquet was presented, the princess disappeared to be shown around the house. And then, it was all over!
VISITING THE OFFICES OF RELATE IN BRISTOL THAT SAME DAY THE PRINCESS TOOK PART IN A DISCUSSION GROUP AND MET THE OFFICE’S STAFF. CROWDS LINED UP OUTSIDE AS USUAL TO GREET HER.
22 May 1985 Lady Diana Spencer and Prince Charles on their first official walkabout in Tetbury, Gloucestershire. Thousands turned out to greet them as Diana “met” the neighbours; Highgrove House, their official country residence, is just a mile down the road. Prince Charles opened a new operating theatre in the 17 bed Tetbury and District Hospital and the couple were presented with a commemorative decanter as a gift. Diana was a huge hit in her bright red and white Jasper Conran suit. The iconic photos of that day were taken by Peter Harding of Tetbury.
THE Roker Roar rang out as “a radiant” Princess Diana made her first visit to Tyne & Wear on 21 MAY 1985 in the company of her husband Prince Charles.
“The Prince and Princess of Wales won’t forget the warmth of their Wearside welcome in a hurry,” reported the Echo on May 22.
Prince Charles is greeted above by the Lord Mayor of Newcastle, Norman Stockdale.
“Despite the chilly weather, there was a carnival atmosphere as young and old alike thronged the route – cheering, waving and pushing with excitement to see their Royal favourite.” Diana’s first visit to Wearside included a whistle-stop tour of Houghton-le-Spring where at 50 Newbottle St. the Princess opened the store, “Bridal Elegance,” and then the Philadelphia Craft Workshops at Philadelphia, the opening of the Community Care Alarm System, Sunderland and subsequent luncheon at the Sunderland Civic Centre and finally, the Wear Co-operative Housing Services Ltd., including the Peel Street & St Vincent Street Co-operative Housing in Hendon – with cheering crowds greeting her at every venue!
“The Royal walkabout: The Princess in her red Jan VanVelden walking coat, seen above, was the highlight of the tour. Prince Charles and Princess Diana took every opportunity to stop and chat, often falling behind schedule to do so,” reported the Echo.
The “People’s Princess” was to make several return trips to the North East before her death in 1997, with a visit to Age Concern at Durham drawing the crowds in September 1987, below.
Thousands flocked to welcome the Princess to Peterlee in 1983 too, when she opened the Fisher Price Toy Factory,
And, in September 1993, she spent time with the patients of St Benedict’s Hospice in Sunderland, seen below.
At the end of the May 21, 1985 visit, the Princess went alone to St. Paul’s Jarrow Development Trust at St. Paul’s Church, to mark the 1300th celebration of St. Paul’s Church in Jarrow, South Tyneside, seen below in these rare photos!
“She draws a smile wherever she goes,” reported the Echo. “People are always delighted to welcome her to Wearside, as she takes such a genuine interest in all she has come to see.” May 1985 marked Princess Diana’s first trip to Wearside, and Wearsiders have traditionally held a very soft spot for her, always providing a warm welcome during official visits to the city,” said Echo editor Rob Lawson.
Princess Diana, again meeting the crowds on Moseley Street, Newcastle, above, on 22 May 1986
May 18, 1983: Princess Diana, above, opens the new Redyuf Road Bridge over the Tyne linking Newcastle and Gateshead, and later, below, she visits a new Findus frozen food factory.
May 10, 1995: Princess Diana visits her own Regiment, The Princess of Wales, Howe Barracks , Canterbury, Kent
Pretty in a pink Versace suit with pillbox hat by Philip Sommerville, Princess Diana presented new colors (flags that would be carried into battle) to the 2nd Battalion of the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment, a British unit founded in 1992 and affectionately dubbed “Di’s Guys,” at Howe Barracks in Canterbury, Kent. Di’s official title with the regiment was Colonel-in-Chief until she officially resigned in 1996.
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 and HM Queen Margethe II of Denmark, formerly the Allied Colonel-in-Chief was appointed Colonel-in-Chief in 1997.
19 May 1993: The Prince of Wales today visited West Yorkshire and was received by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant, Mr John Lyles.
Her Royal Highness, Patron, Headway National Head Injuries Association, visited Headway, Pinderfields Hospital, Wakefield, where she signed the guestbook.
The Princess of Wales, Patron, Turning Point, in the afternoon, visited the Wakefield drugs project at The Lodge, Stanley Royd Hospital.
And as Patron, Turning Point, she afterwards visited New Hall Prison, Dial Wood, Flockton, Wakefield, and as Patron of Relate, she later visited Leeds Relate, 38 Call Lane, Leeds.
The Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Mr Patrick Jephson were in attendance.
May 18, 1988: Diana and Charles open St Luke’s Hospice Day Care Centre in Winsford, Cheshire below, and later they visit the Shell Lubricants Centre at Ellesmere Port, Cheshire.One nostalgic image above, especially chosen by staff at St. Luke’s Hospice, shows the Royal visit by Prince Charles and Princess Diana at its Day Care Centre official opening on May 18, 1988.
One of the world’s most highly automated factories, where robots and humans work side‐by‐side, was inaugurated by Their Royal Highnesses the Prince and Princess of Wales at Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, in May 1988.
Nottingham: May 17, 1990, Princess Diana demonstrates her sign language skills, above, at the Nottingham and Notts Society for the Deaf in Forest Road, during their Centenary Celebrations.
They all wanted to say it with flowers when Princess Diana went on a walkabout in Nottingham. The Princess, looking stunning in a primrose yellow and pink two-piece summer suit by Catherine Walker, was showered with them.
Hundreds had waited hours just to catch a glimpse of Princess Diana on her whistle-stop tour of the city. They were not disappointed. Royal fever spread through crowds from Forest Road to Bulwell.
The busy Princess visited the Raleigh factory, toured a social, residential centre for multi-handicapped adults on Bestwood Road in Bulwell, and officially opened the new indoor tennis complex at Highfields, University Boulevard.
Diana speaks, above, with Sarah Loosemore, Britain’s number one tennis lady in 1990.
Below, Princess Diana in deep conversation with John Logan, Tennis Development Officer for Children Leisure Services, who was at the moment, in charge of a children’s short tennis game.
Speaking with workers at the Raleigh Bicycle factory below.
And, she even had time to drop in on toddler Rebecca White’s birthday party at the Nottingham and Notts Society for the Deaf Centre, seen above, in the news article.
HRH THE PRINCESS OF WALES AS PRESIDENT OF DR. BARNARDO’S, VISITS A BRANCH OF THE ORGANISATION IN LINESIDE CLOSE, LIVERPOOL ON 16 MAY 1985. That same day, she also visited Thingwall Hall Residential Training Centre, Broadgreen, Liverpool where the crowds were wild to meet her! She wore a chocolate brown ensemble from head to toe, by Catherine Walker. Little David Tierney, below, could not resist giving the Princess a big kiss on the cheek!
CANNES, France — While most Cannes Film Festival-goers previewed such dubious cinematic achievements as Dogs in Space and I Was a Teenage TV Terrorist, the Prince and Princess of Wales swept into town yesterday afternoon to honor British Film Day, capped last night by the world premiere of The Whales of August, directed by their countryman Lindsay Anderson.
Following the film showing, at which Peter Ustinov, Julie Walters, Roger Moore, Michael York and other British stars were present, the royals attended a diamonds-optional dinner honoring Sir Alec Guinness.
Prince Charles spoke at the dinner, recalling that as a child, he went to London’s Pinewood Studios and stood rapt watching Guinness act the part of a meek banker turned gold smuggler in The Lavender Hill Mob.
Actor/raconteur Ustinov paid tribute to Guinness, 73, the distinguished veteran of 46 films spanning 40 years. Ustinov likened Guinness’ acting talent to that of a “good journalist who invents a story and attracts the truth to it.”
Princess Diana, in a pale blue Catherine Walker strapless chiffon floor-length gown, listened to Ustinov recount the roles of Guinness, an egoless chameleon who played the beloved everyman in such films as The Man in the White Suit (1952), The Ladykillers (1955) and The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), as well as starring in the Star Wars trilogy where, in the part of Obi-Wan Kenobi, he was discovered by a new generation of filmgoers and regarded as every boy’s ideal father figure.
Embarrassed at all the attention, Guinness read a list of British-born actors whom he considered greater than himself, including Laurence Olivier, John Gielgud, Elizabeth Taylor, Cary Grant and the late Ralph Richardson.
Earlier yesterday, the royals visited Cannes City Hall, where they were officially greeted by Mayor Anne-Marie Dupuy. Afterward, Diana and Charles were led to the international film market in the Palais, where they visited the British, French and New Zealand stands.
Following their visit to the film market, the royal couple accepted gifts from festival president Pierre Diot: for Diana, a miniature palm, evoking the trees lining Cannes’ promenade; for Charles, a 40th Cannes Film Festival trophy, a miniature cinema auditorium.
Wearing a navy-and-white-striped pouf-skirt mini-dress under a white linen double-breasted blazer cut in the style of her husband’s navy blue suit jacket, Diana accepted her palm. Charles graciously received the trophy from Diot and remarked, “As we both greatly enjoy and appreciate the art of filmmaking, we look forward to seeing a film tonight and to meeting the hard- working members of the British film industry who take enormous risks with enormous amounts of money.”
Princess Diana toured the pyramids and the Sphinx at Giza, on May 12, 1992, near Cairo, pronouncing them “breathtaking.”
She asked questions – but no riddles – about the 4,600-year-old limestone statue, which experts are trying to keep from falling apart. Diana’s visit is part of an official five-day tour of Egypt at the invitation of First Lady Suzanne Mubarak.
Earlier, Diana met with President Hosni Mubarak.
She also visited a welfare society for mothers and children as well as the Institution of Polio and Rehabilitation.
In a break with tradition, two official photos were released on 11 May 1981 in order to beat commercial publishers. Snowdon took special care to show Lady Diana to be shorter than Prince Charles as the news article below points out. The formal portrait above, was used on the Royal Wedding Official Stamps and in the Official Royal Wedding Programme. The other photo taken at Highrove, with Charles in full Naval uniform and Diana in the green satin Nettie Vogues gown below, was used in the Official Royal Wedding Souvenir booklet.
Charles and Diana, however, had arrived at Barbara Cartland’s Kilphedir Lodge in Scotland on 11 May 1981 where Charles was to do some fishing on the River Helmsdale.
The six bedroom lodge in Helmsdale, Sutherland is part of Diana’s step-grandmother’s family, the McCorquodales. It is very close to the Suisgill Lodge where Charles and Diana spent part of their honeymoon in August 1981.
The area was a special hideaway for the couple during their courtship in the 1980’s and after their marriage.
During a 4 day visit to Hungary, the Prince and Princess of Wales visit with the crowds during a walkabout in Budapest on May 10, 1990. Visiting the Peto Institute on May 10, 1990
Hungarian President Goencz presided over a gala dinner held for the royal duo Monday evening, May 7.
At the dinner, Prince Charles said his great-great-great grandmother, Countess Claudia Rhedey, was Hungarian. ”This evening I am especially proud of the Hungarian blood in my veins,” he said, according to MTI. He praised Hungary’s role in ”changing the face of Europe” with its early moves toward political reforms.
”Making democracy work is never easy, but the effort is well worth the bother,” the prince said.
Goencz said Hungary now has a ”unique opportunity … to irreversibly return to developed Europe,” the news agency said.
Upon arrival, their first stop was Heroes’ Square, where they placed a wreath at a monument in honor of Hungarian heroes. About 1,500 people gathered at the square. Many applauded as the couple emerged from their car. The well-wishers included about 100 members of the British community in Budapest. ”I think the princess is beautiful,” said Janos Nagy, a 21-year-old student. ”I have only seen pictures of her.”
”I came to see how she looks in real life,” he said, tapping a pair of binoculars. Amalia Roth, 67, with three grandchildren at her side, said she had been to Britain before World War II as a young girl. ”I love England and felt I must come,” she said.
The couple’s schedule Tuesday included a speech by Prince Charles at the University of Economics in Budapest. Princess Diana viewed a display of British fashion at the Museum of Applied Arts.
Diana and Charles enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride at the hands of the world carriage driving champion, Lazsle Juahaz, on the Bugacz Plains in Hungary on May 9, 1990
The private jet taking Princess Diana to Hungary on May 7 diverted to Gatwick Airport shortly after takeoff from Heathrow Airport because of an electrical fault, Buckingham Palace and airport officials said.
The four-engine jet of the Queen’s Flight spent an hour and 20 minutes on the ground at Gatwick while the fault was repaired, said Roger Hamson, terminal duty manager for Gatwick Airport. It then left for Italy, where it picked up Charles before traveling to Budapest.
Earl Mountbatten with Prince Charles, above, opening Broadlands to the public in 1979.Before Lord Louis Mountbatten, the last godson of Queen Victoria, was killed by an IRA bomb in the sea off the Irish coast in August 1979, it already had been decided that a museum to commemorate his life and times would one day be installed at Broadlands, the 17th-century home of the Mountbattens on the banks of the River Test near an ancient Hampshire market town.
This decision was taken by Lord Mountbatten himself during the preparations for opening Broadlands to the public. The formal exhibition of the life of Lord and Lady Mountbatten was opened at Broadlands by HRH Prince Charles and his then, fiancee, Lady Diana Spencer on May 9, 1981. They later greeted the crowds during a walkabout.
The exhibition – Mountbatten of Burma: Highlights of a Life – occupies a 17th century stable (outwardly little changed since the time of William and Mary) adjacent to the house. There are five galleries on two floors.
The figures of Lord and Lady (Edwina) Mountbatten at the exhibition have escaped the mummery of the waxworks. They are sculptured and simplified, rather than highly realistic and are designed to show off the regalia, rather than to recreate the two of them in a living presence.
The man who began life as Prince Louis Francis Albert Victor Nicholas Battenberg had accumulated so many public and private titles and trappings that they tend to get mixed up in the enumerating. Some of his cousins were members of the Russian royal family; others, members of the British royal family.
Lord Mountbatten’s career in peace and war took him from naval cadet to first sea lord. Later he rose to admiral of the fleet, the first time father and son had achieved this rank. Although the appointments of Lord Mountbatten and his father were decades apart, they were made by the same person – Winston Churchill.
High points of the exhibition include: a photograph of Queen Victoria holding the infant prince at his christening; pictures of Edward, Prince of Wales, and Prince Louis on their world tours;
Noel Coward’s poem, ”A Weekend with Edwina”; wartime notes and letters from Churchill and General Eisenhower; a signed photograph of Nehru; and pictures of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip on their honeymoon at Broadlands.
One of the museum’s most striking set pieces is of Mountbatten of Burma, the last viceroy of India, wearing the robes of the grand master of the Order of India, and of Lady Mountbatten in a glittering dress, wearing her jewels.
After so much pomp and pageantry, the exhibit depicting the passing of Lord Mountbatten is as dignified as it is stark. The exhibition closes with these words:
”On August 27, 1979, Lord Mountbatten, his grandson, Nicholas Knatchbull, and the Dowager Lady Bradbourne, and the boat boy, Paul Maxwell, were murdered by a terrorist bomb hidden in his fishing boat, Shadow V.”
Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer were involved in a phone tap scandal 8 May 1981 while on holiday in Scotland. Their intimate tape recordings published in the German Magazine, Die Aktuelle, were of their private telephone conversations when Lady Diana was in Australia in April.
In April 1981, journalist Simon Regan obtained transcripts of telephone calls made by Prince Charles in Australia to Lady Diana Spencer, then his fiancée. In addition to revealing their intimate conversation, Charles could be heard making disparaging remarks about Malcolm Fraser, then Prime Minister of Australia, and also about some aspects of Australian culture. The tapes were bought by Die Aktuelle, a German magazine; the Prince and Lady Diana obtained an injunction preventing Regan from disclosing or publishing the contents of the transcripts, but Die Aktuelle was not affected and published the transcripts on 8 May 1981 despite a German court having also injuncted them against publication.
The Prince’s lawyer later insisted that the tapes were forgeries, while Regan insisted they were genuine. Prince Charles was granted an injunction in the UK but 925,000 copies of the magazine were printed in West Germany on 8 May, 1981.
The actual transcript is below in French:
The Sweet Words of Charles and Lady Di (with some English translations)
Les mots doux de Charles et Lady Diana
Un journal allemand publie des extraits de conversations téléphoniques entre les futurs époux.
8 mai 1981
Ils ont beau être l’héritier du trône d’Angleterre et sa future épouse, le prince Charles et Lady Diana n’en sont pas moins un couple comme les autres. Ils se téléphonent quand ils sont loin l’un de l’autre et laissent apparaître des marques de tendresse. Un hebdomadaire allemand publie des extraits de conversations téléphoniques entre le Prince de Galles et sa fiancée.
“Tu ne m’épouses pas que pour mon château ?”
You are not marrying me for my palace, Charles asks her?!
Les échanges remontent au mois dernier. Le prince Charles est alors en déplacement officiel en Australie et Lady Diana se languit de lui. Die Aktuelle publie leurs mots doux et leurs roucoulements d’amoureux, tempérés toutefois par le légendaire flegme britannique. “Tu es sûre de ne pas m’épouser que pour mon château ?”, demande ainsi Charles. “Tu verras bien!”, lui répond une Diana taquine. Lady Di se plaint également du comportement de certains de ses proches à l’approche du mariage.
“Tu me manques terriblement mon chéri” :
I miss you terribly, Diana tells Charles
Plus tard, la future princesse redevient sérieuse : “Tu me manques terriblement mon chéri. Le temps me dure de toi.” “Dans quelques années, tu seras peut-être bien contente quand je m’absenterai”, lui répond Charles. “Jamais !”, s’écrit Diana. “Nous en reparlerons dans dix ans”, conclut le prince.
Je ne veux plus être séparée de toi
I never again want to be separated from you, she tells Charles.
Diana also showed a touch of jealousy…”you seem to be enjoying yourself more than I am, but our reunion will be beautiful,” she tells the Prince. She continues: “You can tell me about all the petite blondes that were around you! I never want to be separated again from you! Promise me that when we are reunited we will do everything together!”
Dans une autre conversation, Lady Di laisse pointer quelques touches de jalousie. “Tu sembles t’amuser plus que moi. Que nos retrouvailles seront belles”, dit-elle à son fiancé. “Nous ne saurons peut-être plus que nous dire”, lui répond Charles. “Tu me parleras de toutes ces petites blondes qui tournent autour de toi. Je ne veux plus être séparée de toi, mon chéri. Promets-moi que lorsque nous serons réunis, nous ferons tout ensemble !”, demande Diana.
Il me regarde avec les yeux ronds
Charles speaks of Australian PM Malcolm Fraser and laments the PM’s lack of a sense of humour; “He stares at me with these big round eyes!”
Dans un registre moins personnel, l’héritier de la couronne, et futur chef du Commonwealth dont fait partie l’Australie, n’hésite pas à critiquer, non sans ironie, le Premier ministre australien, Malcolm Fraser. S’il affirme qu’il s’entendra très bien avec lui, le prince Charles regrette son manque d’humour. “J’ai beau essayer de l’amuser, il me regarde avec les yeux ronds, raconte-t-il à sa fiancée.
Rien d’indécent, ou dont on n’ait déjà entendu parler dans la presse, dans ces quelques bribes de conversation. Pourtant, Buckingham a tenté d’empêcher la publication de ces échanges.
Un tribunal allemand avait interdit à Die Aktuelle de sortir ces extraits, avec menace d’amende de 200.000 dollars ou six mois d’emprisonnement pour les éditeurs. En vain. Die Aktuelle, habituellement tiré à 550.000 copies, a été imprimé à 925.000 exemplaires.
Dès la publication du magazine, le démenti du prince Charles et de Lady Di est tombé : tous ces dialogues sont faux, ont assuré l’héritier du trône et sa fiancée.
In 1981, Prince Charles married Lady Di and among the official wedding gifts sent to the then-happy couple was a pair of Jenny Kee koala and kangaroo hand-knitted jumpers. Based on the children’s book character Blinky Bill, the koala knit was one of Kee’s most popular designs.
In 1982 a pregnant and ‘windswept’ Princess Diana was photographed by the English press wearing her chunky bright blue ‘Blinky’ jumper and a pair of red trousers at a polo match.
The image went viral, as did another photograph of Diana wearing a Muir and Osborne ‘one-black sheep-in-a-flock’ jumper (ironically revisited by French fashion house Chloe seen below in 2009).
Diana’s witty knits, sparked huge demand for copies amongst her international fashion followers. Kee was asked to design a ‘Blinky Di’ pattern for Australian Women’s Weekly readers to whip up at home, while Muir and Osborne sold 500 of their hand-knitted sheep sweaters in less than five months.
And, as of April 2015, the Blinky Di pullover, seen above, is being redesigned for a new era of trendsetters. Jenny Kee’s “Koala” just never goes out of style!
May 5, 1981: Lady Diana Spencer with Gillie Charles Wright salmon fishing on the River Dee at the Queen’s estate near Balmoral Castle in Scotland. (and not appearing too enthusiastic about it either!)
The Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a girl, Kensington Palace has announced.
The princess – who is fourth in line to the throne – was “safely delivered” at 08:34 BST, the palace said in a statement.
The Duke of Cambridge was present for the birth of the baby, who weighed 8lbs 3oz (3.7kg).
Both Catherine and her daughter are “doing well”, the statement added.
The name of the baby will be announced in due course.
30 April 1992: Diana Princess Of Wales Arriving In Barrow-in-Furness Cumbria, to name HMS VANGUARD, Britain’s First Trident Submarine.
The CND (Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament) had a strong presence that day and one of their ardent campaigners, Peter Callahan, tried to get in to the Princess’ car. He was quickly accosted by her security officer, Ken Wharfe, and was removed from the premises.
April 29, 1987: Diana, Princess of Wales comes aboard the QEII off Cowes to join 400 schoolchildren who had embarked in Southampton.
A fly-past by the Concorde and RAF Harrier jets salute the QE2 as everyone aboard watches. Following her annual overhaul in November 1983, the QEII developed boiler problems which resulted in the cancellation of a cruise. In October 1984 an electrical fire caused a complete loss of power and delayed the QE2 for two days. On her return to Southampton, it was decided that diesel engines would have to be fitted to the ship in order to increase efficiency. This, the largest maritime conversion at the time, was done by Lloyd Werft at Bremerhaven Germany and was expected to save Cunard £12 million a year in fuel costs. The work meant that the ship was out of service from November 1986 to April 1987. QEII then underwent trials in the North Sea, where a top speed of 34 knots was recorded. The ship returned to commercial service in April 1987. The ship’s farewell celebration was in October 2008.
With new machinery, new interiors and a new funnel (a fatter version of the original designed to house the nine new diesel exhaust pipes), QE2 looked better then ever and certainly was more fuel efficient. A part of the relaunch daily programme of the day is below.
28 April 1992: The Official Opening of Riddings Community Centre by Princess Diana, on West Street, Riddings, Derbyshire. Mrs Elsie Mellors is the second lady on the left in the front row in green and cream.
Hundreds turned out to see Diana open the Riddings Park Community Centre. On a gloriously sunny day, Diana toured the premises before going on a walkabout and chatting with some of the onlookers. She over ran her schedule by 40 minutes at the centre that morning.
Her next stop that day was the Whitemoor Day Centre for the disabled in Belper.
Whitemoor provides opportunities for adults with learning disabilities, profound and multiple learning disabilities, and autism and complex needs. It also aids them in accessing activities and gaining skills within Whitemoor and the local community. Whitemoor is in Belper, Derbyshire. Her last stop that day was the Babington Hospital in Belper. In her capacity as Patron of The British Red Cross Youth she went there to open a new Red Cross Training Centre on the grounds of the hospital.
Pat Marjoram, a charity worker at the hospital, recalls the Princess’ visit as she was the one who set up a local centre for the Red Cross, ran courses, and volunteered at the town’s Babington Hospital. Pat devoted a lot of energy to setting up the training room at Babington Hospital which was opened by Princess Diana during this visit.
The Princess was patron of the Red Cross Youth of which there was a strong contingent in Derbyshire. She said: “Princess Diana was absolutely wonderful.
“She was very tall and she really was beautiful. She had the manner where you felt she’d come just to see you and that she was very reluctant to leave.”
When the Princess arrived, the children were clustered in little groups in the hospital garden doing various activities. Pat said: “They were sitting on blankets on the grass and the Princess went and sat with them.”
April 27, 1983: Princess Diana on a walkabout in Otago New Zealand when she attended a luncheon at the Otago Boys High School in Dunedin, New Zealand after the official re-opening by HRH The Prince of Wales.
Otago Boys High School was established in 1863 to provide education for students from Dunedin, Otago and Southland. This remains the central focus for the school today, although students from other parts of New Zealand and overseas are now included on our roll.
The school opened on its present site in Arthur Street in 1885. The Main Tower Block, designed by Mr R A Lawson, has long been regarded as one of the finest pieces of victorian architecture in Dunedin.
Mr. D. J. MacLachlan, Rector from 1963 to 1985, worked tirelessly for the construction of the main teaching block, which now bears his name. Included in his efforts were the preservation and refurbishment of the Main Tower Block, the central feature of which is the Maurice Joel Theatre. New teaching blocks were built on the Arthur Street site and opened by the Prince and Princess of Wales in 1983. The old Assembly Hall was reconstructed as the Theatre and Auditorium. The Prince and Princess toured the library and also the gymnasium as seen in the photo below.
HRH The Prince of Wales, above, re-opens Otago Boys’ High school after a major rebuilding. Dressed in academic robes, he spoke at the re-opening ceremony and called for New Zealanders to have the same respect for the land as Maori and not to copy other countries but to learn from their mistakes. After the ceremony, the Princess unveiled a commemorative plaque and Prince Charles signed the guestbook.
They then attended a celebratory lunch at the school’s auditorium. Princess Diana below with the Rector, Donald MacLachlan.
Later they took a walkabout around Otago and met the large crowds that had turned out to see them.