A glance again at Princess Diana’s well-known New York journey in 1989

A look back at Princess Diana’s famous New York trip in 1989

Annie Goldsmith


15 hours ago

In February 1989, Princess Diana went on her first official trip abroad without Prince Charles. During her three-day trip to New York City, the then 27-year-old princess attended cocktail parties and black tie events, spoke to needy New Yorkers, and wore some iconic outfits. The Crown recreates the visit for the show’s fourth season, but here’s a look back at their real-world journey in photos.

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After arriving on the Concorde jet, Princess Diana attended a cocktail party for Dawson International, a British clothing company. The event was held at the Equitable Center, and the princess wore a purple and black outfit by Catherine Walker, one of her favorite designers.

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The princess grinned widely upon arrival.

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The next day Diana visited the Henry Street Settlement on the Lower East Side. The nonprofit provides social services, education, and health care to some of the underserved New York residents.

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The princess wore a pink and black Catherine Walker suit paired with pearl earrings and her signature blue eyeliner.

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On Henry Street, the princess was accompanied by Matilda Cuomo, former First Lady of New York and mother of Andrew and Chris Cuomo. The couple played with some children in the center of the Lower East Side.

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Later that day, Diana had fun at the legendary FAO Schwarz toy store. Here she was appropriately photographed in the store’s UK themed section.

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That night Diana had her own pseudo-Cinderella moment in a white, ornate Victor Edestein dress with a matching bolero. The princess attended a gala dinner in the winter garden of the World Financial Center.

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The gala benefited the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) and was reportedly $ 1,000 per ticket. According to the New York Times, the upper strata of New York society were fully committed to the event, including people surnamed Astor, Rockefeller and Kissinger. The then Mayor Edward I. Koch spoke and Donald Trump was present with his then wife Ivana.

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The next day Diana visited the AIDS department at Harlem Hospital. The princess was so moved when she saw the patients that she unexpectedly picked up a 7-year-old patient and hugged. Diana was passionate about ending the stigma associated with AIDS, especially the misconception at the time that it could be transmitted through casual contact.

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The princess wore a red Catherine Walker skirt suit and a white collarless shirt with buttons.

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Diana left New York that evening on the Concorde and ended her brief solo visit.

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