Pictures of Diana, Princess of Wales, on her visits to Sunderland

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“She draws a smile wherever she goes.”

That’s how the Sunderland Echo remembered Diana, Princess of Wales after she enchanted crowds on one of her visits to the city.

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Princess Diana at St Columba's Southwick, Sunderland. old ref number 1227.  Pic by Christine Boyd.

see Thursday June 28 1990

Diamond Jubilee Celebration Book FILE PIC Princess Diana at St Columba's Southwick, Sunderland. old ref number 1227. Pic by Christine Boyd. see Thursday June 28 1990

Her first trip to Wearside came back in 1985 when visited Houghton, Philadelphia, Sunderland Civic Centre and St Vincent Street in Hendon.

In September 1993 she came back to the city to spend time with patients at St Benedict’s Hospice.

There were also visits to Peterlee, to open the Fisher Price Toy Factory in 1983, and a visit to Durham’s Age Concern in 1987.

Today, as people mark the 20th anniversary of her death, we look back at Diana’s visits to our region.

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Princess Diana, Princess of Wales at Age Concern Durham

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scanned library copy Princess Diana, Princess of Wales at Age Concern Durham 29 September 1987 old ref number 50-9195 14

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Princess of Wales at St Bendict's Hospice, Sunderland  23 September 1993
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scanned library copy Princess Diana Princess of Wales at St Bendict's Hospice, Sunderland 23 September 1993 old ref number 18623

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Princess Diana officially opening the new Alzheimers day centre at Havelock Hospital, Sunderland

Princess Diana unveiling the plaque.
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FILE PIC old ref number 1228 picture by Christine Boyd Princess Diana officially opening the new Alzheimers day centre at Havelock Hospital, Sunderland Princess Diana unveiling the plaque. see Thursday June 28 1990

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Princess Diana officially opening the new Alzheimers day centre at Havelock Hospital, Sunderland


picture caption:  Tears of Joy greeted the Princess at Havelock Hospital, as day patient Rossiter Miller found meeting the Royal visit just too much.

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FILE PIC old ref number 1228 picture by Christine Boyd Princess Diana officially opening the new Alzheimers day centre at Havelock Hospital, Sunderland picture caption: Tears of Joy greeted the Princess at Havelock Hospital, as day patient Rossiter Miller found meeting the Royal visit just too much. see Thursday June 28 1990

Princess Diana at St Benedicts Hospice pic Tony Colling 22 September 1993 old ref number 18623

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Princess Diana at St Benedicts Hospice pic Tony Colling 22 September 1993 old ref number 18623 old image number 401646 - new image number 469893

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Princess Diana chats to patients in the day room at St Benedict's Hospice, Sunderland old ref number 18623

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scanned library copy Princess Diana chats to patients in the day room at St Benedict's Hospice, Sunderland old ref number 18623 Thursday September 23 1993

Princess Diana at Havelock Hospice Sepember 1993 old ref number 18617 
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Princess Diana at Havelock Hospice Sepember 1993 old ref number 18617 file pic