Princess Diana at 60: Pictures to jog your memory of her visits to Derbyshire

On this day 60 years ago Lady Diana Spencer was born and later became Princess Diana on marriage to Prince Charles.

Thursday, 1st July 2021, 10:50 am
Princess Diana in Chesterfield town centre in 1981, at Whittington Hall Hospital in 1993 and in Riddings in 1992, pictured clockwise from right.
Princess Diana in Chesterfield town centre in 1981, at Whittington Hall Hospital in 1993 and in Riddings in 1992, pictured clockwise from right.

She soon earned the nickname the People’s Princess for her natural affinity with the communities that she met.

Diana made several visits to Derbyshire during her life, which was tragically cut short by a car crash in Paris on August 31, 1997.

Here are photos from the archives showing how her personal appearances touched communities in our county.

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Princess Diana was given a rousing reception when she opened lkeston Community Hospital in 1987.
This little girl had the proud honour of presenting Princess Diana with flowers when she opened The Pavements shopping centre in Chesterfield in November 1981.
Diana was pregnant with her first baby when she visited Chesterfield to open the indoor shopping centre in 1981. A toy was among the gifts she received from crowds who flocked to see her.
Princess Diana was a guest of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire at a garden party in Chatsworth in 1986.
The People's Princess opened Youlgreave and District Abbeyfield House for old people and visited Youlgreave Primary School in 1990.
Princess Diana was the centre of attention when she opened Riddings Park Community Centre in 1992.
Princess Diana visited the Chesterfield offices of Relate in her role as patron of the charity in 1993. Photo courtesy of Relate.
These little girls were thrilled when the People's Princess stopped to talk to them on her walkabout around Chesterfield town centre in 1981.
Flowers for a princess when Diana visited Whittington Hall Hospital in 1993.