Princess Diana’s visit to the Newland Estate and her tour around the premises.

image image Many people from the society lined up outside behind police security tape cheering for the arrival of Princess Diana. The Sailors’ Children’s Society band is set up outside the house playing music for the day’s events. With a police escort, Princess Diana arrives and is greeted by the High Sheriff.
imageimage image He then gives her a quick briefing and introduces her to the Newland management team as well as the Lord Mayor. Princess Diana does a brief meet and greet.  After more introductions, Diana stops to talk to some of the children lined up for her visit.
image image imageShe is given a tour of the Hannah Pickard House. Inside she chats with a boy in his bed room as well as a group of boys and the housemother seated at the kitchen table.
image image image After the tour, Princess Diana leaves the house, briefly talking to a few people on the way out, and then goes to a different part of the estate. The crowd gathered was thrilled to meet her.

Diana enters the auditorium below which has a large welcome banner on the outside. Inside, the auditorium is packed with many of the older members who live at the estate.  On stage, a man presents Princess Diana and thanks her for her visit. Diana pulls the string which opened a curtain to unveil a plaque commemorating her visit to the estate.
image This plaque was unveiled by H. R. H. The Princess of Wales to commemorate her visit to the Sailors’ Families’ Society, Newland, 26 February 1991 and also to commemorate the new name – the Sailors’ Families’ Society.  The Princess was also presented with a large book of artwork done by the children, and after looking through it, she exited the stage and auditorium.

Outside, the crowd is gathered with many waving Union Jack flags as Diana’s car leaves the estate. Most of the children are in red sweatshirts of the SFS.
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