FLASHBACK 1989. Princess Diana in Pendle!

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CORNWALL MARKS 25th ANNIVERSARY OF PRINCESS DIANA’S VISIT TO THE AREA; MORE RARE PHOTOS OF HER TIME IN CORNWALL BELOW

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May 18, 1992 marks 25 years since Truro welcomed a very special visitor to the city.

In 1989 Princess Diana was in Cornwall to visit Freshfield drug counselling centre where she was a patron.

Crowds gathered along the streets outside the office, hoping to catch a glimpse of the Duchess of Cornwall.

Dozens of children had a holiday from school to welcome the royal guest and handover handmade posies.

More than 50 Cornish cadets were also in Truro to mark the occasion, as the Princess was also patron of the British Red Cross Youth.

During her visit to Freshfield, the Princess met the Bishop of Truro, Reverend Peter Mumford and other civic dignitaries.

At the end of the hour long visit, Princess Diana signed the visitor’s book and a photograph of herself.

Afterwards staff at Freshfield called the visit a “prestigious event”.

Freshfield administrator, Stephen Large, said at the time: “Having the Princess here has given Freshfields respectability and credibility.”

As well as visiting the capital, Princess Diana opened a disabled centre at Saltash and inspected a housing association development at Torpoint during her five hour trip to the Duchy.

PRINCESS DIANA’S ENGAGEMENT RING WORTH £300,000 POUNDS

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Kate Middleton’s blue sapphire engagement ring, which originally belonged to Princess Diana, is now valued at 300,000 pounds – a tenfold increase to the valuation of the jewellery.

Vashi Dominguez, jewellery expert said on ITV’s This Morning that it was Duchess’ quiet confidence to lead as a style icon that made the ring featuring 14 diamonds around a 12-carat sapphire so special, Daily Express reported.

The blue sapphire was worth 28,000 pounds when bought in 1981. The ring has topped the world’s top 20 most famous engagement rings followed by Duchess of Cornwall’s an Art Deco design worth 100,000 pounds, and Michelle Obama’s ring given by Barack Obama in 1991.