Memories of Diana, Princess of Wales, hold a special place in people’s hearts.
Everyone remembers the genuine interest she took in every place she visited – and the warmth she showed to all the well-wishers who greeted her.
Liverpool was no exception. This week in 1995, Diana flew into the North West to carry out a series of engagements on Merseyside.
Dressed in an immaculate orange suit, the Princess of Wales officially opened the Liverpool Women’s Hospital in Crown Street and toured the Project Rosemary housing scheme in Toxteth.
She was an instant hit with the schoolchildren and parents who’d queued to meet her on her walkabout, weighing her down with flowers and gifts.
It was a similar story in September 1990 when Diana delighted patients and parents alike at Alder Hey children’s hospital with her charm and approachability.
She was there to open a new cardiac unit and operating theatre as well as promoting healthy eating for expectant mothers as patron of the charity Birthright.
The Princess certainly practised what she preached. Later on she was photographed pushing a trolley full of healthy produce round Tesco’s in Southport!
It was like a royal version of Supermarket Sweep!
Princess Diana and Prince Charles made two visits to Merseyside in 1982. The first, in April, included a trip to Aintree to watch the Grand National.
Our photo shows Charles eagerly watching the horses gallop home through a pair of binoculars. Diana is by his side.
The race was won by Dick Saunders on the 7-1 favourite Grittar. At 48 he was – and still is – the oldest jockey to ride a National winner.
In December 1982, Charles and Diana were back in Liverpool to meet youngsters from the Speke Amateur Dramatics Society who had been supported by the Prince’s Trust.
They then attended a service at the Anglican Cathedral. The December tour also included a visit to the Cammell Laird shipyard.
It was a windy day on Merseyside when Charles and Diana arrived on the royal yacht Britannia to mark the 50th anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic.
Diana had to hold on to her hat before the royal couple made their way from Pier Head to the Anglican cathedral for the official service of commemoration.
The Battle of the Atlantic, from 1939 to 1945, was the longest continuous campaign in World War II. It was at its height from mid-1940 to the end of 1943.
U-boats and warships from the German navy and aircraft of the Luftwaffe were pitted against the Royal Navy, Royal Canadian Navy, United States Navy and Allied merchant shipping.
Liverpool played a huge role as Britain’s main transatlantic port, importing critical supplies. More than 1,280 convoys arrived in the Mersey during the war – an average of four every week.
Each convoy consisted of up to 60 ships, testing the port’s workers and facilities to the utmost.
But the city’s docks were equal to the task, quickly establishing themselves – and Liverpool – as the nation’s lifeline.