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Laurie's day to remember with Lady Di

It's now 19 years since Diana, Princess of Wales died in that horror car crash in Paris and research student Laurie McKibben (34) has a precious picture of herself as a little girl with the doomed princess to remember a right royal occasion when they met.

The get together happened in October 1985 when Diana helped three-year-old Laurie blow out the candles on a cake to celebrate the fourth birthday of the Carraigfoyle Paediatric Support Unit at Dr Barnardo's Home in east Belfast.

Laurie, named by her late mother Gail after Laurie Lee, the author of Cider with Rosie, was chosen for the honour because her younger brother David, who has Down's syndrome, attended the unit.

Apart from being a registered nurse, Laurie Is a PhD student at Queen's University's Nursing and Midwifery school and is involved in research into learning disability and palliative care.

"I'm carrying on my late mother's legacy of working in the learning disability sector," she adds.

Laurie remembers clearly the afternoon she met Di even though she was so young.

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