PRINCESS DIANA ARRIVES IN THE BIG APPLE FEBRUARY 1 1989 FOR HER FIRST SOLO 3 DAY VISIT TO NEW YORK CITY!

PRINCESS DIANA ARRIVES IN THE BIG APPLE FEBRUARY 1 1989 FOR HER FIRST SOLO 3 DAY VISIT TO NEW YORK CITY!

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The Silver Apple commemorates her visit to The Big Apple, 1-3 FEBRUARY 1989

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Diana arrives at JFK International Airport on February 1, 1989 for her first solo visit to New York City.

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Princess Diana at the British Clothier, Dawson International Cocktail Party – February 1, 1989 at The Equitable Center in New York City, New York, United States.  She is wearing Catherine Walker.

NEW YORK — Greeted by swooning morning headlines that dubbed her “Di-vine“ and
“To Di For,“ and surrounded by cheering crowds every royal step of the way, Diana, Princess of Wales, capped her first full “Di-Day“ in the Big Apple with a gala evening guaranteed to put her in a New York state of mind.

On her first visit to New York and her first major official trip without her husband, Prince Charles, the princess followed a program ranging from luxurious toy stores to pediatric AIDS wards.

Having forsaken the “Disco Di“ leather miniskirts and giddy girlishness that marked the first several years of her royal marriage, the princess presented a clear image of a queen-in-training.

Winding up a day that began with a visit with homeless children and families at a downtown shelter, the princess attended the most glittering event on her three-day visit here.

The evening began with the American debut performance by the Welsh National Opera of Verdi`s “Falstaff“ at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. As patroness of the opera, it was Diana`s official reason for the trip. A hush fell over the 900-strong crowd as the 27-year-old princess entered the opera`s ivy-swagged royal box and the British, U.S. and Welsh national anthems were played.

Having changed from the trim black-and-purple suit she had worn earlier Thursday, the princess wore a slim, strapless dress in ivory satin touched with golden beading on the top and matching bolero jacket. Her blonde hair was swept up to reveal pearl-drop earrings.

Telling Diana the “city is graced by your presence,“ New York Mayor Edward Koch apologized to the princess and the black-tie crowd for his plain blue business suit, explaining, “I had a town meeting in the Bronx tonight.“ Outside, the only demonstration so far to mark the princess` visit was held by those opposing the British presence in Northern Ireland. The small group waved signs and shouted slogans, including, “Tell Princess Di to take her soldiers home.“ The only other awkward moment came 15 minutes before Diana`s arrival, when the entrance to the opera house was cordoned off, causing late arrivals to hike two blocks from their limos. Among the stragglers, Forbes publisher and socialite motorcyclist Malcolm Forbes and gasping society columnist Aileen “Suzy“ Nehle were detained to cool their heels at the barricades for a chilly 15 minutes before granted passage.

During the opera`s two intermissions, members of the audience were presented to the princess, including Howard Stringer, Welsh-born president of the CBS Broadcast Group.

After the opera, the princess and most of the guests whisked off to lower Manhattan for dinner in the World Financial Center`s Winter Garden, where a vaulted glass ceiling and sheer glass walls afford dazzling views of the Hudson River and city skyline.

Despite the late hour, a stiff breeze and temperatures that had dropped to near freezing, a small but enthusiastic crowd was on hand to greet the princess as her motorcade arrived. Coatless, Diana walked to the entrance, pausing briefly to smile and wave at her fans, who thanked her with the shouted advice: “Have a nice dinner.`Amid the garden`s royal palm trees and cascades of marble steps, about 900 guests who had paid $1,000 a head to benefit the Brooklyn Academy of Music took their places at tables covered in burgundy cloth and topped with cranberry glass vases brimming with white anemones and lilacs.

Among guests at both events were British Ambassador to the U.S. Sir Antony Acland and Lady Acland; British Consul General in New York Gordon Jewkes and his wife; Peter Walker, secretary of state for Wales; Welsh National Opera impresario Brian McMaster and the academy head, Harvey Lichtenstein, all of whom were placed at the royal table, where Diandra Douglas and Christopher “Superman“ Reeve also were seated. Among the glitterati were Donald and Ivana Trump; Happy Rockefeller; social grande dame Brooke Astor; and David and Elizabeth Emmanuel, the British designers of Diana`s wedding dress.

Serenaded by strolling violinists from the Peter Duchin Orchestra, the guests nibbled on hors d`oeuvres of ratatouille, asparagus tips, pate, smoked salmon mousse and curried scallops followed by a main course of breast of capon with morel mousse, orzo (a rice-like pasta) and assorted baby winter vegetables, washed down with Torres Vina Sol, 1987, and Torres Coronas, 1985, white and red Spanish wines.

The finishing touch was a pastel-toned tricolor bombe confected of cassis, praline and mango sorbet, frosted with spun sugar, accompanied by raspberry and hot chocolate sauces and served with Perrier-Jouet champagne.

The princess` whirlwind 43-hour visit to New York ends Friday with a tour of the pediatric AIDS unit at Harlem Hospital and a visit to the residence of the British consul general before flying home.

Although Mayor Koch said he hoped she`d remember the visit for its `royal New York welcome.’ Diana may well leave remembering that she made it here, which means, as the song says, she can make it anywhere. Chicago Tribune, February 2-3, 1989

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31 JANUARY 1988 THE PRINCESS OF TIDES – DIANA SHINES AT THE SURF CARNIVAL AT TERRIGAL BEACH

31 JANUARY 1988 THE PRINCESS OF TIDES – DIANA SHINES AT THE SURF CARNIVAL AT TERRIGAL BEACH

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Diana greeting crowds at Bayview after attending St. Andrew’s Cathedral with Prince Charles.    The other photos depict the predictability of the format of Royal Tours through the decades ending with Kate & William in 2014!

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Princess Diana and Prince Charles in Australia During the Bicentenary Celebrations -Arriving at Gosford, New South Wales after a two hour lunch cruise.  During the cruise, the Prince realized he had left his briefcase in the car that had driven them to the harbour.  His staff was notified that he needed it as it had his notes for the Terrigal Beach visit so within minutes the lost briefcase was dispatched via NSW helicopter to Gosford and was waiting for him when he arrived.

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Princess Diana and Prince Charles in Australia During the Bicentenary Celebrations -Arriving at Gosford, New South Wales

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image She is wearing a Paul Costelloe dress in lemon yellow and white cotton. Costelloe, an Irish designer, always made her warm weather dresses for both public and private engagements.

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The photo taken on January 31, 1988 is very recognisable. A blushing English princess on holiday came face to face with Australia’s most iconic symbol -the handsome, bronzed Aussie lifesaver. Not just one but six, all paraded in front of her wearing nothing more than a tiny pair of nylon cossies and a cheeky smile that said ‘Welcome to Australia!’

‘I’ve been waiting all day for this,’ Diana flirtatiously said. This was no ordinary surf carnival – it was a Royal Command Performance that tour organisers had laid on especially for Diana at Terrigal on the NSW Central Coast. ‘New Idea’ 2007

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Diana poses for photographs with the Surf Carnival Lifesavers’ winning team after presenting them with the Princess of Wales Plate

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In 2007, one of the lifeguards present that day related his story below:

‘SHE WAS THE PRINCESS OF TIDES . . .’

BRETT HOOEY remembers like it was yesterday when he stood proudly before the most famous woman in the world in his budgie smugglers.

The father of three from Newcastle, dressed only in his brief Speedos, was the first lifesaver the late Princess Diana met after she asked to be introduced to one during a royal visit in 1988.

Photographs of the Princess of Wales with six lifesavers from Sydney’s Freshwater Beach – including a then 23-year-old Mr Hooey – were splashed in newspapers around the world.

One picture appeared on the front page of The New York Times under the headline “Lady Di with Australia’s six fittest men”.

“I still get ribbed about it by my mates, which I think is funny because I think they’re a bit jealous about it,” Mr Hooey, now 42, said last week.

“She flirted with us. She commented on how tight our bodies were. She kept saying, ‘Jeez, you look fit. Jeez, you look fit.’ But she was very, very shy. She got all red and flushed in the cheeks.”

Mr Hooey’s story and cossies are part of the Australians Meet Diana exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum from December 15.

The former champion paddle boarder donated to the museum the Speedos he wore during a surf-lifesaving competition for a special Princess of Wales trophy at Terrigal.

The display includes the personal recollections of Australians who met the princess during royal tours in 1983 and 1988, and her last visit here in 1996, in which she was guest of honour at the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute Dinner.

In 1988 the lifesavers were surprised when the princess arrived at the beach to present their trophy.

Mr Hooey said it was the princess’s idea to have the photograph taken, after asking the men politely.

“Being a young bloke, I always thought she was beautiful,” he said. “I still remember her teeth were bright white, she had rosy cheeks and she was very, very tall.

“For one of our photos, she cheekily said, ‘I had better crouch down to you’,” he said.

“I tend to tell people she was bowled over by me. That was the highlight of my lifesaving career, meeting her.”

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