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Laurie's day to remember with Lady Di

Published 10/09/2016

24th February 1981: (FILE PHOTO) Charles, Prince of Wales laughing with his fiancee Lady Diana Spencer (1961 - 1997) outside Buckingham Palace, London after announcing their engagement. It was announced by Clarence House on November 16, 2010 that Prince William will marry girlfriend Kate Middleton in the Spring / Summer of 2011. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)...E
24th February 1981: (FILE PHOTO) Charles, Prince of Wales laughing with his fiancee Lady Diana Spencer (1961 - 1997) outside Buckingham Palace, London after announcing their engagement. It was announced by Clarence House on November 16, 2010 that Prince William will marry girlfriend Kate Middleton in the Spring / Summer of 2011. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)...E

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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