Franklin Mint Princess of Charm Porcelain Doll

princess of charm doll

The Franklin Mint Porcelain Portrait doll of Lady Diana – Princess of Charm.
Recreating the look from a Charity Event in Scotland, Balmoral. There, Diana wore a magnificent designer gown fashioned in Scottish tartan. The Princess is portrayed just as she appeared for this special charity event, expertly made in handpainted porcelain. This replica of this dazzling dress is crafted with a black velvet bodice and the full skirt of Scottish tartan silk taffeta. Matching jewelry consists of a bracelet, earrings and the famous wedding ring, She carries a black satin purse and a bouquet of violets. In excellent condition but is missing the original presentation box and certificate of authenticity. Genuine product. Height 435mm (17″)
Estimated Value: $400


Sea of Flowers Plate

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Diana First Anniversary “Sea of Flowers” plate: Issued by Compton and Woodhouse

8″ plate of Kensington Palace with its ornate black and gold gates in front as they looked in the days after Diana died — with millions of flowers laid in front of them. A lovely portrait of Diana “floats” above the palace looking upward toward heaven. A brightly colored semi-circle of flowers frames the scene. The plate is rimmed with a generous band of 22K gold.

Back of plate reads: “A Sea of Flowers” — A first anniversary commemoration of Diana, Princess of Wales specially commissioned for The Staffordshire Collection.
Estimated value: $70

Garrard & Co. Silver Goblet

Asprey Garrad Goblet

A modern silver and parcel gilt goblet celebrating the Royal Wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer on the 29th July 1981, Garrard & Co., London 1981, h. 16 cm, 9 ozs, Ltd Ed. 47/500, cased without certificate. Purchase cost in 1981 was 500 Pounds.
Appraised cost 2010 $3,000

Tasmania Trip 2016


Hobart  5 – 8 

King Room advanced purchased rate $159 a night – no cancellations

or 3 night stay King Room $173


Shuttle Bus to Mt Wellington:

Port Arthur  8 – 10
Port Arthur Holiday Park
Remarkable Cave and Tasman National Park then en-route to Coles Bay visit the stunning Tasman peninsula, in particular the Tessellated Pavement, Devil’s Kitchen, Tasman Arch and Blow Hall all at Eagle Hawk Neck. Take the scenic drive South past the convict built Spikey Bridge and stop at Swansea for a luscious home-made ice cream from Kate’s Berry Farm.

Coles Bay  10 – 12
BIG4 Iluka on Freycinet
Tombolo Freycinet  woodfired pizza at night
Wineglass Bay Food
Wineglass Bay Lookout is top of your list of things to visit today. Use the morning to explore the sheltered bays and beaches of the Freycinet National Park, and then spend the afternoon on a wildlife cruise or a guided tour of the Freycinet Marine Farm. A penguin tour at Bicheno, viewing the little penguins in their natural environment is the perfect end to the day.

ST Helen’s  12 – 13
BIG4 St Helens Holiday Park $150 a night
Bay of Fires – Lonely Planet’s top destination in the world!

Launceston  13 – 15
Quality Hotel Colonial Launceston $150 a night
Luigis Top 10 for Launceston:


Stay here instead of cradle mountain?

Sheffield Motor Inn $120 a night

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Cradle Mountain  15 – 16      $165 a night
Tasmania’s World Heritage Listed Cradle Mountain is best explored on foot, and has short walks taking you to spectacular natural features including King Solomon Cave, Devils Gullet, Liffey Falls and Marakoopa Cave

Dove Lake Circut  2 Hours Walking

Cradle Shuttle Bus  is FREE

McDermotts Coaches operates a shuttle bus service on behalf of the Parks and Wildlife Service. The shuttle bus service operates between the Visitors Centre and Transit Terminal, located at the former airstrip to Dove Lake. The service is aimed at protecting the important values of the World Heritage Area while also preserving the visitor experience.

The service has been highly successful in reducing visitor traffic on the road to Dove Lake by one-third. It has attracted a highly favourable response from Tasmanian, interstate and overseas visitors since its introduction.

The shuttle service operates seven days a week. In addition to your Park Pass fee, a charge for the use of the shuttle bus service may apply.

Due to the high visitation at Cradle Mountain throughout the year, visitors are encouraged to leave cars at the Visitors Centre and Transit Terminal (located 2km before the park boundary) and take the shuttle bus service to the Interpretation Centre and Ranger Station, Snake Hill, Ronny Creek, Waldheim, and Lake Dove.



Park Fees  8 weeks pass $60 per car

Strahan  16 – 18

Cruise the Macquarie Harbour and the mighty Gordon River, relax at the waterside cafes or travel the West Coast Wilderness Railway.


Queenstown to Hobart

The drive back to Hobart (like most drives in Tasmania) is beautiful. Stop en-route at Lake St Clair, Australia’s deepest freshwater lake, and do one or more of the short walks around the lake or take a cruise and sit back and relax. Further along the road is the Mt Field National Park which has a diverse range of natural features and vegetation from tall swamp gums and huge tree ferns at the base of the mountain to areas of rainforest and even alpine vegetation at the mountain’s peak.


A spare day to either spend at one of the locations along the way that you fell in love with, or another day to explore Hobart.

tourist information centres

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