Diana, Princess of Wales

In a rare break from official duties during a week-long October 1991 tour of Ontario, Diana, Princess of Wales, and her sons Prince William (age 9) and Prince Harry (age 7) paid a visit to Niagara Falls. The royals arrived by helicopter for their vacation day, and were driven to Table Rock to meet dignitaries and enjoy their first view of the falls.

Diana walked over to the crowd who had gathered, chatting with them and shaking hands. Her sons joined her - it was Prince William’s second walkabout, and Prince Harry’s first. They donned yellow raincoats for a private view of the Scenic Tunnels behind the Horseshoe Falls.

The highlight of the trip was a voyage on the Maid of the Mist. One boat had been kept out of winter drydock especially for the royal visit. The family donned royal blue slickers, and had the top level of the boat (mostly) to themselves. 

Back ashore, lunch was served at the Commissioners’ Quarters of Victoria Park Restaurant. Then it was back to the helicopter, to rejoin Prince Charles in Toronto, where he had been attending meetings.

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