Princess Diana made Australia tour ‘different’ by doing what Queen ‘would never have done’

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Princess Diana is known for being the “people’s Princess” and became a popular icon when she married the Prince of Wales. Early into their marriage in 1983 the Prince and Princess of Wales embarked on a tour of Australia. The trip was a huge milestone for the couple and marked the Princess’ first ever journey overseas.

The tour was a major success at the time, with Diana dazzling the crowds and everyone she met.

As well as it being Diana’s first-time overseas, it was also their son Prince William’s first trip abroad.

The trip saw them travel around Australia before making their way to New Zealand.

However, in taking her nine-month-old child abroad with her and Charles, Diana actually broke royal protocol.

According to royal protocol, two heirs can’t travel together in order to preserve the line of succession.

No two heirs can travel by plane together unless the Queen grants them permission.

Charles is second-in-line to the throne and as Charles’ son, William is third-in-line to the throne.

Prince William’s son Prince George is now fourth-in-line to the throne.

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But Diana and Charles broke this rule when they all travelled to Australia.

It is said that Diana reportedly refused to leave Prince William at home in the UK while they went abroad for six weeks.

Since then, Prince William has broken this protocol too when he took Prince George with him on a trip to Australia.

Jane Connors, author of Royal Visits to Australia, described the Australia tour as the most significant since Queen Elizabeth II visited the country in 1954.

She said: “The Queen would never travel with Charles in case they both went down and Charles was not supposed to travel with his new son.”

However, she added that bringing William is what made the tour different.

She added: “Bringing William was what made it really different.

“There was a huge amount made of Diana being a breath of fresh air and [so] modern. It was enormous.”

During the tour, the couple attracted thousands of people with an estimated 200,000 people gathering in Melbourne.

It has also been estimated that the couple shook hands 2,000 times a day across the tour.

In 1954, The Queen embarked on an eight-week tour of Australia with Prince Philip.

They did not bring with them Prince Charles or Princess Anne.

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