Princess Diana chatting with Betty Kenward, British society columnist for Harpers and Queen and the Daily Telegraph at the time, during a Polo match at Smiths Lawn, Windsor. On her right is Estee Lauder cosmetics founder, Mrs. Estee Lauder, 24 May 1984. Mrs. Lauder, who owned a home in London, was a friend of the Princess’ and had attended numerous functions with her in London during her lifetime.
The Guards Polo Club is based at Smiths Lawn, in Windsor Great Park, which is thought to have been named after a game keeper at the time of the Restoration in the 17th century. The Club has ten polo pitches on 53 hectares (130 acres) with stables, paddocks and training facilities four miles away at Flemish Farm. The Queen and Prince Philip opened a new, purpose-built clubhouse and Royal box in front of a selection of club members at Smiths Lawn on Sunday 26 April 2009.
The white mohair jacket, one of her early fashion staples, is by Jasper Conran. And, she appeared at the polo game with her new Ford Escort that day.
With Major Ronald Ferguson, below, Sarah Ferguson’s father, and the detective at the far right is Tony Parker.
Barley Wood’s big day when Princess Diana came to visit The Barley Wood Treatment Centre
The visit of Princess Diana on 23 May 1989 was probably the most prestigious of all visits for Barley Wood, an alcohol and drug treatment centre. A large crowd of people walked up Long Lane, the whole school, including the Head, Alan Kirkpatrick, and Deputy-head, Jenny Leyton, were bussed up at 11.43am, and among the local dignitaries were the Chairmen of the Parish Council and Woodspring, the predecessor authority to North Somerset Council. As everyone had to be in their places well before the princess’s arrival, the children were given refreshments in a marquee. Police ensured bags were clear of suspicious contents, and there were flags a-plenty.The three-car cavalcade swept up the drive on the dot of 1 o’clock, a bouquet was presented, the princess disappeared to be shown around the house. And then, it was all over!
VISITING THE OFFICES OF RELATE IN BRISTOL THAT SAME DAY THE PRINCESS TOOK PART IN A DISCUSSION GROUP AND MET THE OFFICE’S STAFF. CROWDS LINED UP OUTSIDE AS USUAL TO GREET HER.