‘Surprise, surprise ! – mustn’t say that, makes me sound like Cilla!” The Princess laughs as she sees me.
“We try to plan our holidays around your visits,” Mum explains.
“Oh, no . . . ” she shrieks with laughter.
“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.
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.