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iN PHOTOS: Throwback pics of Princess Diana and Prince Charles in Kamloops during Expo 86

Princess Diana on May 3, 1986, during a visit to Kamloops.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/ Shelley Ford
January 11, 2020 - 7:00 AM

A Kamloops woman recently shared some nostalgic photos of the late Princess Diana and Prince Charles during a visit to the Tournament Capital more than 30 years ago.

Shelley Ford was going through old photos when she stumbled across photos from the May 3, 1986 visit.

Ford recalls going to Riverside Park and waiting with a large group of people for the royal couple’s arrival.

READ MORE: 10 times the royal family visited the Okanagan and Kamloops

“I was just lucky enough to get some pictures close up,” Ford says.

She was in her 20s at the time the photos were taken.

Prince Charles shakes hands with the public during a visit to Kamloops in 1986.
Prince Charles shakes hands with the public during a visit to Kamloops in 1986.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/ Shelley Ford

“I remember them coming in and making a presentation and it was either close to (Princess Diana's) birthday or going to happen soon and everyone was saying ‘Happy Birthday,’” she says.

Ford says her mother was lucky enough to even shake hands with the Princess.

“The most impressive memory I have is pictures cannot do (Princess Diana) justice,” she says. “She is just so much more beautiful in person than any picture you might have seen.”

Princess Diana at Riverside Park in Kamloops.
Princess Diana at Riverside Park in Kamloops.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/ Shelley Ford

Prince Charles is pictured in this photo from 1986 in Kamloops.
Prince Charles is pictured in this photo from 1986 in Kamloops.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/ Shelley Ford

Princess Diana is pictured smiling in this photo during her visit to Kamloops in 1986.
Princess Diana is pictured smiling in this photo during her visit to Kamloops in 1986.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/ Shelley Ford

This wasn’t the only time the royal family visited B.C.'s southern interior. Everyone from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Queen Elizabeth have made appearances throughout various Okanagan cities.

The royal family has recently made headlines after news broke out about Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, announcing plans to step back from royal duties.

The surprising announcement sparked media outrage in the U.K. 


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