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Today's Memories Of Diana is from December 31st 1987.
Princess Diana was pictured with Prince Harry while he rode his pony at Sandringham.
LADYBIRD Books had lots of famous visitors, but surely the most glamorous visit was that of Diana Princess of Wales.
She came in 1990, giving her royal seal of approval to a company whose most iconic title was arguably the Royal Wedding Special.
Roy Smith has been recounting his memories of working at Ladybird, and he says that book was one of the company’s proudest moments.
“No-one could have predicted just how successful this title was to become.
“It eventually sold one and a half million copies.
“Here we were, primarily a children’s book publisher, embarking on the challenge of producing a book, in full-colour covering this monumental event and in just five days.
“We had previously published books on other members of the Royal Family and these had proved very popular so when the idea of producing one on The Royal Wedding was suggested it seemed a fantastic idea.
“I was leading my team of designers and, together with the editorial team, we assembled at 8pm in the art studio at Beeches Road having watched the event on TV during the day.
“As much preparation work had been done in advance as was possible but it still left a lot of work to do.
“The cover with its royal purple background and silver lettering was printed ahead of time with a central oval left blank to await a suitable photograph of the happy couple.
On Diana’s visit to Loughborough, Roy continued: “Probably the most famous visitor to Ladybird was Princess Diana.
“A lot of planning went into arranging this momentous occasion and a small committee on which I was happy to serve made sure that Her Royal Highness visit went like clockwork.
“On the day, she arrived at the offices by car having flown from London in a helicopter and was greeted by Malcolm Kelley after which she was shown around the different departments.
“She then retired to the board room on the top floor of the offices where a private buffet had been laid out to give her a respite from her hectic visit to other venues in Loughborough.
“A marquee which was erected on the office car park was used to entertain staff members from the different departments as well as guests from the numerous companies who over the years had provided materials and printing services to Ladybird.
“I do remember that when Malcolm Kelley eventually went up in the lift to bring her down, we were waiting in the foyer to take a photograph of her unveiling a plaque to commemorate her visit.
“Unfortunately when she finally appeared she was about to sweep by it when I managed to attract Malcolm’s attention.
“She did stop and with a smile said, unperturbed ‘Oh you want me to unveil this, do you?’.
“During her visit to the Art Department Princess Diana signed a specially bound visitor’s book, and borrowed my fountain pen which was a present from my mother.
“When she remarked, ‘This writes nicely’- and aware of the stories of how Royalty acquire things they take a fancy to - I replied, ‘Yes, it’s mine and I’m keeping an eye on it’. We both laughed.
“Princess Diana came across as a wonderfully warm individual and showed a real interest in what we were doing.
“She was obviously very familiar with Ladybird books since the Princes William and Harry were known to use them.
“And what better proof than a photograph around the same time as her visit, showed them attending their prep school with a Ladybird peeking out of their satchel.
“At the end of her visit, she accepted a pair of wooden book ends incorporating two wooden Ladybirds which had been specially carved by a local craftsman.”
Source : Loughborough Echo.net
Today's Memories Of Diana is from December 30th 1988.
Princess Diana was pictured leaving the Princess Theatre in Hunstanton in Norfolk, where she and Princes William and Harry had just enjoyed watching the pantomime Cinderella.
Memories of Princess Diana attending the traditional Christmas Day morning service in 1991, at St. Mary Magdelene Church on the Sandringham Estate at Norfolk.
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Today's Memories Of Diana is from Christmas Day in 1986.
Princess Diana was pictured joining other members of the royal family for the traditional Christmas Day morning service at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle.
She looked stunning in a festive red coat with matching hat, and long black suede boots.
For Prince William it was the first time that he had attended a Christmas Day service, and he looked none to happy as the rain fell outside the church.
Former BBC Royal news correspondent Jenny Bond has been remembering when she was given a Christmas gift from Princess Diana.
Here in a clip from BBC One show "Christmas of My Lifetime with Len Goodman" Jenny recalls when Diana gave her a gift.
Today's Memories Of Diana are from the occasions on which she wore 'festive' red around Christmas time.
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Today's Memories Of Diana is from December 22nd 1982.
Prince Charles and Princess Diana held a photo-call with six month old Prince William, at their home in Kensington Palace.
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