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Princess Elizabeth of York (Queen Elizabeth II) makes her first appearance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace with her parents, The Duke and Duchess of York, and the Duke’s parents King George V and Queen Mary on 27 June 1927. 

The Duke and Duchess had been separated from their daughter for six months whilst they embarked on a royal tour focused on Australia and New Zealand. 

“I am looking forward more than I can say to the baby & a good rest. I have missed her all day & every day, but am so grateful to you & Mama for having been so kind to her. It will be wonderful to see her again.” - The Duchess of York in a letter to her father-in-law, George V, dated 12 June 1927.

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Princess Diana’s Catherine Walker slubbed turquoise silk ensemble worn for a Royal tour of New Zealand, April 1983

Dress with vertical pleats to front and back bodice, elbow length sleeves, gently gathered skirt; with matching long sleeved jacket

Princess Diana wore this ensemble on the 36th day of the Royal Tour of Australia and New Zealand, April 24, 1983. She visited the Te Poho-o-Rawiri Marae Meeting House, Gisborne, North Island, where she was given a traditional Hongi welcome by the local Maori dignitaries. Princess Diana was photographed wearing this ensemble rubbing noses (the traditional Maori greeting).

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