Prince Charles and Princess Diana took a walk on the wild side yesterday and were spotted cradling and petting a few reptiles at a crocodile farm 30 miles from Darwin, Australia. An additional 7,000 toothsome crocs were scrambling for some of that royal attention.

The prince and princess, who flew to Australia 10 days ago to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the continent's first European settlement, then headed off to Bangkok, where Thailand's Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn and Princess Sirindhorn were waiting.

Diana stepped off the plane sporting a knee-length black-and-white print dress with a matching broad-brimmed hat. Nearly 100 reporters and photographers covered the arrival, some of them shouting at officials who blocked their view of the princes and princesses.

The couple, guests of King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit, were invited to one of the world's oldest monarchies to help celebrate Bhumibol's 60th birthday.

Rock 'n' Roll Road

Some nonpolitical news from Iowa: Singer Buddy Holly may soon be officially memorialized in the town where he gave his last concert. The Clear Lake City Council plans to honor him by renaming the street that runs along the east side of the Surf Ballroom, where Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. (The Big Bopper) Richardson performed before perishing in a plane crash 29 years ago yesterday.

City Councilman Jim Ransom says the council has had no opposition from businesses along the street, which is to be named Buddy Holly Place, and is waiting only for approval papers to arrive from lawyers representing Holly's wife Maria Elena. The name change will take place Feb. 16 at the earliest.

There She Is ...

The reigning Miss Minnesota-USA was arrested for shoplifting in Minnesota Tuesday, but her lawyer says she still intends to compete in the Miss USA contest in El Paso March 1. Authorities said Susan Carol Bolich was arrested outside a Dayton's department store after allegedly stuffing her purse with $372 worth of merchandise, including a bathing suit, two scarfs and some hair accessories.

Harrison and Sigourney: New Film

Director Mike Nichols has recruited Harrison Ford and Sigourney Weaver to star in a romantic comedy to be titled "Working Girl." The movie, which will begin shooting in New York this month, will also star Melanie Griffith.

Betty Ford Recovering

Former first lady Betty Ford, 69, is recovering smoothly from complications following heart bypass surgery last year. The wife of former president Gerald R. Ford is still keeping her schedule light, said a Ford spokeswoman, but has resumed attending administrative meetings at the Betty Ford Center, a drug and alcohol dependency clinic she founded in 1982.