Princess and the Park

Footscray Life recently stumbled across old photos of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, giving Footscray Park the royal seal of approval back in 1988 during Australia’s Bicentennial celebrations.

royal tree planting

Together with former husband, Prince Charles, and a scrum of about 60 photographers, the royal couple were given a 35 minute whirlwind tour of the park and a taster of Footscray culture.

Arriving by boat, they shook hands and collected flowers from some of the 3000 strong crowd before being escorted for a quick glimpse of a children’s mobile music trailer.

A Vietnamese acrobatic troupe then entertained the couple from the park’s outdoor stage.

The couple fulfilled their royal duty by filling in three shovels of dirt around a Black Tulip tree before being whisked away for the next official visit.

Sadly, the tree has gone, but Footscray will always have that visit by one of the world’s most famous and beloved women.