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Inside the famously discreet New York City hotel known as the ‘Palace of Secrets’ where Princess Diana stayed when she visited the city



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Hotel where Princess Diana stayed offers package with the same room and food she ate

A hotel where Princess Diana stayed is letting guests recreate her trip, including sleeping in the same suite and eating the same meals as she did.

The British royal stayed at the Drake Hotel in Chicago back in 1996 while visiting the city for a fundraiser for cancer research, and now the hotel has launched a ‘Crowning a Lady’ package to recreate her trip.

We’re talking the same room, the same food and even the option to request the same in-room extras that she did.

Guests who opt for the package will be staying in the aptly named Princess Diana suite; the same suite where the royal herself slept. (At the time it was called the Presidential Suite, but the Drake renamed it after her visit).



a group of people standing in front of a building: Princess Diana arriving at The Drake in 1996 with Martin Lawrence (General Manager at the time)


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Princess Diana arriving at The Drake in 1996 with Martin Lawrence (General Manager at the time)

The 1,500 sq ft suite is seriously luxurious with its own ‘grand entranceway’, a marble foyer, a huge ensuite bedroom and a separate living room and dining area. Oh, and there are some beautiful views over Lake Michigan to be had too.

Then of course there are heaps of glamorous features from velvet furniture to crystal chandeliers – all fitting for a royal of course.



a living room filled with furniture and a large window: The suite is the same one where Diana stayed


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The suite is the same one where Diana stayed

The suite has been left exactly as it was decorated and designed when Princess Diana visited, with only some minor renovations to keep it modern.

Nowadays there are plenty of photos of Princess Diana adorning the walls and commemorating her Chicago visit.

Feeling peckish? Guests will get a three-course dinner complete with the same food that Prince William and Prince Harry’s mother enjoyed.



a living room filled with furniture on top of a wooden floor: It's a pretty glamorous stay


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It’s a pretty glamorous stay

So, what’s on the menu? Starters include mixed field greens, hearts of palm, walnut, chevre croutons and sherry. The mouthwatering main course boasts King Salmon, citrus, asparagus, red pepper, ratatouille, ‘gnocchi romaine’.

As for dessert? Cinnamon biscotti soufflé glace, pear and berries. Oh, and if you fancy a tipple, Princess Diana reportedly opted for a Peach Bellini with her dinner.



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But it’s not just the room and food which will be similar. Guests will also have the option to include plenty of extras in homage to Diana’s original trip.

For example, when she stayed at the Drake, Diana requested a Lifecycle exercise bike and heaps of mineral water. Guests who book the package can also opt to have the stationary bicycle and water combo, just as she did.



text, letter: Guests will be able to see her signature in the hotel's autograph book


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Guests will be able to see her signature in the hotel’s autograph book

Other perks include the option to see Princess Diana’s authentic signature in the hotel’s autograph book, an in-room set-up so you can binge watch all series of Netflix’s The Crown, and a delicious afternoon tea.

The suite will also feature some quirky nods to some of Diana’s reportedly favourite things, such as the perfume Quelques Fleurs by Houbigant Paris, forget-me-not

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The Drake Hotel Introduces Princess Diana Package Inspired By Her Stay There

As the next season of Netflix’s “The Crown” introduces Princess Diana, The Drake Hotel is offering a royal package that gives a glimpse into the late royal’s time there.

In particular, the package at this hotel includes two overnight stays in the exact same suite the princess slept in almost 25 years ago.

“We felt it was a timely alignment to bring forth our unique history with the royal family and Princess Diana’s stay with us during her visit to Chicago in 1996,” said General Manager Damien McArdle, in a media statement.

The Drake’s “Crowning a Lady” package is based upon not only where Princess Diana rested, but also some of her favorite things.

With a required minimum two-night stay, with upgrades available, guests will get to experience what the beloved People’s Princess enjoyed during her stay within this 1,500-square-foot opulent suite.

They will include: 

– A stationary bicycle and mineral water;

– Fresh forget-me-nots, which were Princess Diana’s favorite flowers, that are placed throughout the suite and sourced from the hotel’s Mangel Florist;

– A copy of “ABBA: The Official Photo Book,” as a nod to Princess Diana’s favorite band;

– An in-room set-up to binge watch “The Crown”;

– Princess Diana’s favorite perfume, Quelques Fleurs by Houbigant Paris.

The Drake’s “Crowning a Lady” package treats guests to other hotel services that Princess Diana also partook in. In particular, they involve dining.

An exclusive afternoon tea service at the hotel’s Palm Court will incorporate Princess Diana’s favorite tea, Rose Pouchong. In the evening, a once-in-a-lifetime dinner will revive the same three-course menu served to Diana, plus her cocktail of choice, a Peach Bellini.

Guests will also have access to an incredible piece of The Drake’s history with Diana. Via a white glove service, they will view her original and authentic signature documented in the hotel’s Official Drake Autograph Book.

“We really strived to bring to fruition a caliber of delightful service and royal treatment to inspire travel with this limited time package offering, especially while so many people across the globe are dreaming of their next jaunt,” said McArdle.

Princess Diana stayed at The Drake for three days during June 1996. She was in Chicago to raise money for cancer research at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

She occupied what was known then as the hotel’s Presidential Suite. Since that time, the suite has been named after the princess, and its interiors remains largely unchanged in her honor. A 360-degree tour of the Princess Diana suite can be seen here.

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The Crown’s FIRST LOOK of Princess Diana’s 1983 tour of Australia



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Season four of Netflix’s The Crown will finally introduce Princess Diana to its cast – played by up-and-coming actress Emma Corrin.

The return of the popular drama will feature an episode portraying Prince Charles and Princess Diana ‘s 1983 tour of Australia and New Zealand.

Daily Mail Australia have secured the first look images from one of the scenes set Down Under with baby Prince William.



a little boy that is standing in the grass: EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK: The Crown's recreation of Prince Charles and Princess Diana's 1983 tour of Australia is revealed ahead of Netflix air-date on November 15


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EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK: The Crown’s recreation of Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s 1983 tour of Australia is revealed ahead of Netflix air-date on November 15

The cast and crew of the award-winning show did not travel across the globe to recreate some of the former couple’s most iconic moments.

Instead, they substituted various locations around Spain for Australia with the addition of clever digital effects. 

Emma Corrin, who plays the late Princess Diana, shares the scene with actor Josh O’Connor as Prince Charles and a small child as their firstborn, Prince William.

One scene shows Princess Diana handing Prince William a koala plush toy as they appear to venture into the outback, near Uluru.  



a man that is standing in the grass: Trip Down Under: Emma Corrin, who plays the late Princess Diana, shares the scene with actor Josh O'Connor as Prince Charles and a small child as their firstborn, Prince William


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Trip Down Under: Emma Corrin, who plays the late Princess Diana, shares the scene with actor Josh O’Connor as Prince Charles and a small child as their firstborn, Prince William



a man standing in front of a mountain: Pictured: Princess Diana and Prince Charles visiting Uluru in March 1983


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Pictured: Princess Diana and Prince Charles visiting Uluru in March 1983

The city of Malaga was used for Sydney, while the desert near the port city of Almería was used as the backdrop for their visit to Uluru.

In March 1993, the couple had visited the Northern Territory in very similar clothing as to what is due to be depicted on screen. 

In another frame they are seen enjoying a picnic outing as a family in a rural landscape with sheep in a gated pen behind them.    



a man and a boy sitting on a rock: In another frame they are seen enjoying a picnic outing as a family in a rural landscape with sheep in a gated pen behind them


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In another frame they are seen enjoying a picnic outing as a family in a rural landscape with sheep in a gated pen behind them



a little boy that is sitting in the grass: Recreating real life: The city of Malaga was used for Sydney, while the desert near the port city of Almería was used as the backdrop for their visit to Uluru


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Recreating real life: The city of Malaga was used for Sydney, while the desert near the port city of Almería was used as the backdrop for their visit to Uluru

The Netflix series, which was filmed from August 2019 to March 2020, also hired extras with Australian accents to help add to the Australian environment they constructed in Spain.

Emma was originally contacted to read as Diana alongside co-star Josh O’Connor in 2018, after he’d landed the role of Prince Charles, as The Crown bosses tried to find the right actress to play Camilla Parker-Bowles.

The star was not auditioning for the role of Diana, but her speech efforts impressed the team so much, she was offered the role eight months later.



a person in a wedding dress: Incredible: Last month, Netflix's official Instagram account for The Crown shared its first glimpse of Princess Diana¿s wedding dress for the show


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Incredible: Last month, Netflix’s official Instagram account for The Crown shared its first glimpse of Princess Diana¿s wedding dress

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EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK: The Crown’s recreation Princess Diana’s 1983 tour of Australia

EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK: The Crown’s recreation of Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s 1983 tour of Australia is revealed ahead of Netflix air-date

Season four of Netflix’s The Crown will finally introduce Princess Diana to its cast – played by up-and-coming actress Emma Corrin.

The return of the popular drama will feature an episode portraying Prince Charles and Princess Diana ‘s 1983 tour of Australia and New Zealand.

Daily Mail Australia have secured the first look images from one of the scenes set Down Under with baby Prince William.

EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK: The Crown's recreation of Prince Charles and Princess Diana's 1983 tour of Australia is revealed ahead of Netflix air-date on November 15

EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK: The Crown’s recreation of Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s 1983 tour of Australia is revealed ahead of Netflix air-date on November 15

The cast and crew of the award-winning show did not travel across the globe to recreate some of the former couple’s most iconic moments.

Instead, they substituted various locations around Spain for Australia with the addition of clever digital effects. 

Emma Corrin, who plays the late Princess Diana, shares the scene with actor Josh O’Connor as Prince Charles and a small child as their firstborn, Prince William.

One scene shows Princess Diana handing Prince William a koala plush toy as they appear to venture into the outback, near Uluru.  

Trip Down Under: Emma Corrin, who plays the late Princess Diana, shares the scene with actor Josh O'Connor as Prince Charles and a small child as their firstborn, Prince William

Trip Down Under: Emma Corrin, who plays the late Princess Diana, shares the scene with actor Josh O’Connor as Prince Charles and a small child as their firstborn, Prince William

Pictured: Princess Diana and Prince Charles visiting Uluru in March 1983

 Pictured: Princess Diana and Prince Charles visiting Uluru in March 1983

The city of Malaga was used for Sydney, while the desert near the port city of Almería was used as the backdrop for their visit to Uluru.

In March 1993, the couple had visited the Northern Territory in very similar clothing as to what is due to be depicted on screen. 

In another frame they are seen enjoying a picnic outing as a family in a rural landscape with sheep in a gated pen behind them.    

In another frame they are seen enjoying a picnic outing as a family in a rural landscape with sheep in a gated pen behind them

In another frame they are seen enjoying a picnic outing as a family in a rural landscape with sheep in a gated pen behind them

Recreating real life: The city of Malaga was used for Sydney, while the desert near the port city of Almería was used as the backdrop for their visit to Uluru

Recreating real life: The city of Malaga was used for Sydney, while the desert near the port city of Almería was used as the backdrop for their visit to Uluru

The Netflix series, which was filmed from August 2019 to March 2020, also hired extras with Australian accents to help add to the Australian environment they constructed in Spain.

Emma was originally contacted to read as Diana alongside co-star Josh O’Connor in 2018, after he’d landed the role of Prince Charles, as The Crown bosses tried to find the right actress to play Camilla Parker-Bowles.

The star was not auditioning for the role of Diana, but her speech efforts impressed the team so much, she was offered the role eight months later.

Incredible: Last month, Netflix's official Instagram account for The Crown shared its first glimpse of Princess Diana¿s wedding dress for the show

Incredible: Last month, Netflix’s official Instagram account for The Crown shared its first glimpse

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Future of Princess Diana’s childhood home is thrown into doubt

  • Leonard Cheshire charity announced it will no longer be operating Park House
  • Major renovation to increase its number of bedrooms from 16 to 24 was planned
  • But charity has since said work will not go ahead and it wants to exit its lease

The future of Princess Diana’s childhood home on the Sandringham estate has been thrown into doubt after a charity cancelled its £2.3million revamp.  

The Leonard Cheshire charity has announced that it will no longer be operating Park House, which had been used as a hotel for the disabled, with the owners now searching for new tenants. 

The house was famously where Diana Spencer was born on July 1, 1961, when her family were renting it from the Queen. 

She continued living there until she was aged 14 in 1976 when she moved to her family’s stately home Althorp House after her father John inherited his title Earl Spencer.

The future of Princess Diana’s childhood home (pictured) on the Sandringham estate has been thrown into doubt after a charity cancelled its £2.3million revamp
The Leonard Cheshire charity has announced that it will no longer be operating Park House (interior pictured) which had been used as a hotel for the disabled

The Queen gave Park House and its grounds to international disability charity Leonard Cheshire in 1983 and it opened as a hotel offering respite care for the disabled and their families four years later.

The charity temporarily closed the facility in September last year for major renovation work to increase its number of bedrooms from 16 to 24.

It also wanted to cover its open air swimming pool and improve disability access, saying it wanted ‘to offer disabled visitors and their families a world class experience at this iconic location’.

Building work costing £2.3million was due to start this year but was shelved due to the coronavirus epidemic. 

Leonard Cheshire has now announced that the work will not go ahead and it wants to exit its lease, due to financial pressures.

A total of 70 full and part time staff at the hotel have been made redundant – although the majority lost their jobs last year. 

Park House was famously where Diana Spencer (pictured alongside Prince Charles) was born on July 1, 1961, when her family were renting it from the Queen
Building work costing £2.3million was due to start at the property (pictured) this year but was shelved due to the coronavirus epidemic
The plans had included erecting a cover over its open air swimming pool (pictured) and improve disability access

The Sandringham estate now hopes to find a new tenant for the property but is reluctant to rent it out as a private home.

A spokesperson for the estate said: ‘We understand the Leonard Cheshire decision and are sad that their long association with Park House is ending under such circumstances. 

‘We will look for a new occupier and hope to find a use that generates similar benefits to the local community and the wider area.’

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