29 April 1987 PRINCESS DIANA JOINS 400 SCHOOL CHILDREN AT THE RELAUNCH PARTY OF THE QEII OFF COWES

29 April 1987 PRINCESS DIANA JOINS 400 SCHOOL CHILDREN AT THE RELAUNCH PARTY OF THE QEII OFF COWES

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image April 29, 1987: Diana, Princess of Wales comes aboard the QEII off Cowes to join 400 schoolchildren who had embarked in Southampton.
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image A fly-past by the Concorde and RAF Harrier jets salute the QE2 as everyone aboard watches. image Following her annual overhaul in November 1983, the QEII developed boiler problems which resulted in the cancellation of a cruise. In October 1984 an electrical fire caused a complete loss of power and delayed the QE2 for two days. On her return to Southampton, it was decided that diesel engines would have to be fitted to the ship in order to increase efficiency. This, the largest maritime conversion at the time, was done by Lloyd Werft at Bremerhaven Germany and was expected to save Cunard £12 million a year in fuel costs. The work meant that the ship was out of service from November 1986 to April 1987. QEII then underwent trials in the North Sea, where a top speed of 34 knots was recorded. The ship returned to commercial service in April 1987. The ship’s farewell celebration was in October 2008.
image With new machinery, new interiors and a new funnel (a fatter version of the original designed to house the nine new diesel exhaust pipes), QE2 looked better then ever and certainly was more fuel efficient. A part of the relaunch daily programme of the day is below.
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The Princess of Fun aboard the relaunch party for children  on the QEII, April 29, 1987

The Princess of Fun aboard the relaunch party for children on the QEII, April 29, 1987.  She spent several hours onboard and met many of the ship’s 1000 strong crew.  3000 red, white and blue balloons were released from the ship’s stern as she watched with her young admirers, including some clowns.

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28 APRIL 1992 PRINCESS DIANA DELIGHTS AT THE EXTRA TIME AS SHE VISITS DERBYSHIRE

28 APRIL 1992 PRINCESS DIANA DELIGHTS AT THE EXTRA TIME AS SHE VISITS DERBYSHIRE

image 28 April 1992: The Official Opening of Riddings Community Centre by Princess Diana, on West Street, Riddings, Derbyshire. Mrs Elsie Mellors is the second lady on the left in the front row in green and cream.
image Hundreds turned out to see Diana open the Riddings Park Community Centre. On a gloriously sunny day, Diana toured the premises before going on a walkabout and chatting with some of the onlookers.  She over ran her schedule by 40 minutes at the centre that morning.
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Her next stop that day was the Whitemoor Day Centre for the disabled in Belper.
imageWhitemoor provides opportunities for adults with learning disabilities, profound and multiple learning disabilities, and autism and complex needs.  It also aids them in accessing activities and gaining skills within Whitemoor and the local community. Whitemoor is in Belper, Derbyshire. imageimageimageimageimage Her last stop that day was the Babington Hospital in Belper. In her capacity as Patron of The British Red Cross Youth she went there to open a new Red Cross Training Centre on the grounds of the hospital.
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Pat Marjoram, a charity worker at the hospital, recalls the Princess’ visit as she was the one who set up a local centre for the Red Cross, ran courses, and volunteered at the town’s Babington Hospital. Pat devoted a lot of energy to setting up the training room at Babington Hospital which was opened by Princess Diana during this visit.
image The Princess was patron of the Red Cross Youth of which there was a strong contingent in Derbyshire. She said: “Princess Diana was absolutely wonderful.
image “She was very tall and she really was beautiful. She had the manner where you felt she’d come just to see you and that she was very reluctant to leave.”

image When the Princess arrived, the children were clustered in little groups in the hospital garden doing various activities.  Pat said: “They were sitting on blankets on the grass and the Princess went and sat with them.”
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