19 MARCH 1991 PRINCESS DIANA IN YORKS! A VISIT TO HARROGATE TO OPEN NEW £6M HEADQUARTERS OF ACKRILL NEWSPAPER GROUP

image The Princess of Wales’ first engagement in Harrogate was to officially open the new £6M headquarters of the Ackrill Newspaper Group.

Her arms were laden with Spring flowers, but she accepted an embroidered picture given to her by a little girl after the opening ceremony.
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‘Surprise, surprise ! – mustn’t say that,  makes me sound like Cilla!”  The Princess laughs as she sees me.

“Were these taken last week then?” she asks as she looks at my pictures. “Yes and we’re here again,” I joke.
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“We try to plan our holidays around your visits,” Mum explains.

“Well I’ve just about finished for Easter,” the Princess says.
image “Oh, that’s all right, we’ll come to Windsor then. You can’t get rid of us that quick,” I retort.

“Oh, no . . . ” she shrieks with laughter.

“Don’t you ever find it hard to remember the people you see everyday?” Mum asks the Princess.
image “No, I haven’t a good memory for names, but for faces I have,” she says.

“You’re sure that we’re not pests?” I ask.

“No, not at all, you’re not pests.  Maybe next time though, you’d better camp out in your beds when I see you,” she says, throwing her head back laughing.
image That afternoon, the Princess went on to open the town’s new £2M magistrates’ courts on Victoria Street in Harrogate, although on her departure the heavens opened and the Princess made a dash for her car.

Paul Ratcliffe, Royal Photographer, 1991, West Yorkshire.  Paul wrote the book, “Royal Encounters” in 1993.

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