14 APRIL 1988 PRINCESS DIANA AT THE OPENING OF MALTINGS SHOPPING CENTRE ST ALBANS

14 APRIL 1988 PRINCESS DIANA AT THE OPENING OF MALTINGS SHOPPING CENTRE ST ALBANS

image image14 April 1988 Diana at St Albans: the opening of the Maltings Shopping Centre. Princess Diana with the Lord Lieutenant in the new centre’s supermarket.
image image Jane Foufas, above, who runs Black Iris Flowers in High Oaks. The florist, who is also an actress, had a part alongside Meryl Streep and Piers Brosnan in the smash hit film Mamma Mia. Jane was asked to make a flower arrangement for Princess Diana in 1988 when she came to St Albans to open The Maltings shopping centre and met her afterwards.
imageShe said: “I had a little florist shop in St Albans city centre at the time and was commissioned to do a posy for her. She came into my shop and was in there for about 10 minutes and she complemented me on my flowers.
image“She had asked for permission to come into the shop which I thought was just so sweet and then she chatted about the shop and she asked me where I got the flowers from, and asked if I had any children and when I said I did she asked how I found it being a working mum.
image“When I said it had its ups and downs she said she sympathised and that she understood what it was like being a working mum. She was so lovely, really, really lovely.”
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Meeting her former make-up artist, Barbara Daly at the opening of the Maltings Shopping Centre

Meeting her former make-up artist, Barbara Daly, at the opening of the Maltings Shopping Centre

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THE LITTLE GIRL AND THE FAIRY PRINCESS APRIL 3 1984 PRINCESS DIANA IN GLASTONBURY

THE LITTLE GIRL AND THE FAIRY PRINCESS APRIL 3 1984 PRINCESS DIANA IN GLASTONBURY

image We remember the day that Princess Diana visited Glastonbury.

The Princess was in town on April 3, 1984 to visit the FACE (Facility for Arts and Crafts Enterprise) project, before going on a walkabout in the Market Place. FACE had just moved into a new office space which was a  former supermarket building in the town centre beside the Victorian stone cross.  FACE was engaged in training schemes for individuals and small businesses that were craft and trade oriented such as glass-blowing.  It was the focus of the Princess’ visit that day.
imageDuring her visit, she revealed that photography was one of her hobbies and offered advice to a young photographer on taking pictures of babies.

She won admiration for the way she quickly put at ease the young people she talked to and it quickly became apparent that she was interested in their work.

It was Princess Diana’s first visit to Somerset, flying into Yeovilton in a fixed wing aircraft and then drove to Glastonbury in a white Rover, arriving five minutes after her scheduled arrival time.
imageSome of the town’s residents had been waiting all morning, including Susan Squires, who presented the princess with a posy of flowers. Her memories of the day are in the above article at left.
imageShe met with Anthony Horrocks, the project co-ordinator of FACE, the Lord Lieutenant of Somerset, the High Sheriff of Somerset, chairman of Somerset County Council, chairman of Mendip District Council and the Mayor of Glastonbury.
imageWhen the princess visited glass engravers at work in the workshop, she admired a lidded bowl, similar to one that she was presented with towards the end of her visit.

“I cannot shake your hand, I am terrified of dropping it,” the princess told Elizabeth Dineen, who made the presentation.

As the princess left the building, she went to get into her car, but then appeared to have a change of mind and to the delight of crowds packing the Market Place, went on a mini walkabout, shaking hands and chatting with the crowd.

The Mayor of Glastonbury, Cllr John Brunsdon said that it had been a beautiful day and everything had gone extremely well.

“The princess spent an immense amount of time talking to the young people and put them immediately at ease,” he said.
image“Glastonbury should be very proud of this occasion.”

FACE project co-ordinator, Anthony Horrocks said the visit had gone off marvelously.

“The princess was so enthusiastic about everything she saw and she certainly spoke to every single trainee in the building – at least 50 of them,” he said.

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