Spot the Royals!
1 Queen Fabiola of the Belgians, awfully elegant in her print.
2 Crown Princess Sonja of Norway (now Queen), overdosing on her print.
3 Queen Silvia of Sweden, sticking out of the crowd in lime green.
4 Queen Margrethe of Denmark, completely tasteful in baby blue.
5 Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, partially in hiding but looking terribly typical.
6 Grand Duchess Joséphine Charlotte of Luxembourg, another elegant lady in blue.
7 Princess Grace of Monaco, rather chic in her giant hat.
8 Princess Georgina of Liechtenstein, utterly appropriate for an English floral wedding.
Thanks to the Orderofsplendor.blogspot.com for this fascinating and fun information from their blog which they originally posted in 2011.
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We highlight this book and author as we continue our coverage on the Prince and Princess of Wales’ trip to Australia in 1988.
The ‘First Five Years’ documented their first five years of marriage and was published in 1986. The cover of the book shows the Prince and Princess in Australia in 1985. Many of our news clippings in our recent blog posts regarding the 1988 trip were written by Ashley Walton.
Ashley Walton was the royal correspondent for the Daily Express from 1979 to 1992. He has travelled to every continent covering numerous tours, including the Queen and Prince Philip in India, Africa, and China. He was one of the first reporters to identify a young Lady Diana Spencer as a future royal bride, and covered her last tour with Prince Charles to Korea in 1992.
After a short flight to Melbourne, they visited Footscray Park, 27 January 1988
Together with former husband, Prince Charles, and a scrum of about 60 photographers, the royal couple were given a 35 minute whirlwind tour of the park and a taster of Footscray culture.
Arriving by boat, they shook hands and collected flowers from some of the 3000 strong crowd before being escorted for a quick glimpse of a children’s mobile music trailer.
A Vietnamese acrobatic troupe then entertained the couple from the park’s outdoor stage.
The couple fulfilled their royal duty by filling in three shovels of dirt around a Black Tulip tree before being whisked away for the next official visit.
Sadly, the tree has gone, but Footscray will always have that visit by one of the world’s most famous and beloved women.
Thanks to our friend at Footscray Life for the historical information!