TODAY (July 1) would have been Princess Diana's 60th birthday.

The much-loved Princess of Wales was also the Countess of Chester and visited the city several times, including a royal visit and ceremony in May 1984 to officially open the hospital named in her honour.

Between 1988 and 1991 she also spent time at Barnardo’s in Hoole, Stanlow oil refinery, Chester Zoo, the Hospice of the Good Shepherd in Backford, and The Turning Point Charity in Hoole.

Her final visit to the city saw her open a hydrotherapy pool at Dee Banks School in Huntington. She tragically died in a car crash almost six years later in Paris in August 1997.

Diana also made a high-profile visit just across the border back in October 1981.

She was just 20 and a newlywed when she first stepped off the royal train at Shotton station to be welcomed by a crowd of thousands all wanting to catch glimpse of the young princess.

Her visit to Deeside Leisure Centre was the first part of a three-day tour across Wales with her new husband Prince Charles and came at a time when the area was reeling from the news of steelworks closures and high unemployment.

The royal couple’s arrival was filmed by ITV cameras who praised the young princess, who was wearing a red and green wool suit, for doing “her homework” and realising that many in the crowd were affected by the recent closures.

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Princess Diana pictured visiting the area in 1981.

William and Harry, The Duke of Cambridge and Duke of Sussex, will unveil a statue of their mother Diana today.

The monument has been erected at Diana’s former home Kensington Palace in its Sunken Garden, which has been filled with more than 4,000 flowers and offers a “calmer and more reflective setting” for the permanent tribute to the princess.

A royal source has already described the unveiling ceremony as being a “small event and a very personal moment for the family”.

Kensington Palace has confirmed the royal brothers and Diana’s close family, thought to be her siblings, will attend the unveiling, along with the statue committee and others involved in the process of erecting it in the palace’s Sunken Garden.