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Wed 17th October, 2018
 

Princess Anne hosts Garden Party and rides out at Trooping the Colour as part of a very full week

Last week, The Princess Royal had an incredibly full schedule of engagements, including hosting the Not Forgotten Association Garden Party at Buckingham Palace.

Monday

The Princess Royal spent last Monday in Gloucestershire, carrying out a full day of engagements. Anne visited the Corin Group’s Orthopaedic Technology Innovation Centre to formally open the company’s new headquarters and manufacturing facility. It is hoped that the new centre will allow the Corin Group to double its production capacity in comparison to its 2015 levels.

As part of her visit, Princess Anne was taken on a tour of the facility, meeting some of the firm’s workforce. A keen horsewoman and former Olympian, Anne was also presented with a small sculpture of a horse, made from hip and knee orthopaedic implants. The Queen’s only daughter also unveiled a plaque to commemorate her visit and the official opening of the new Technology Centre.

The Princess Royal also opened the new extension of the Residential Home at Stuart Court, before visiting the Support Battalion Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (ARRC). Anne was there in her capacity as Colonel-in-Chief of The Royal Logistics Corps and her visit was timed to commemorate the 25th annivesary of both the ARRC Support Battalion and The Royal Logistics Corp. The ARRC works in conjunction with NATO to offer a rapidly-deployable HQ that can be used for operations and crisis response.

During her visit, Anne met with Gurkha soldiers and their families, opened their new messing hut and also met with the ARRC Support Battalion staff. She also made a short speech, saying:

This is a very unique battalion and a very unique establishment here. The ARRC has a very distinct role and your place in it is unusual for all the cap badges involved; there is a much wider range of cap badges here than possibly anywhere else in the Army. So, an unusual experience, but I hope that you all feel you can really make a contribution through the ARRC in a way that no other battalion really quite does.”

On Monday evening, Princess Anne was also in attendance at a reception held at Cheltenham Racecourse as Patron of the Motor Neurone Disease Association; the organisation is the only charitable association in England, Wales and Northern Ireland which is focused to improving care, research and campaigning.

Tuesday

Princess Anne was one of the Royals in attendance at Buckingham Palace’s final summer Garden Party of 2018, which was hosted by her older brother Prince Charles. The siblings were also joined by The Duchess of Cornwall and The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester.

As well as the Garden Party, Anne attended the Master Fishmonger Standard Inaugural Award Ceremony at Fishmongers’ Hall in her role as Prime Warden of The Fishmongers’ Company, which is one of the Twelve Great Livery Companies of the City of London. The Princess Royal presented some awards at the ceremony; she also made a speech, encouraging members to champion healthy eating and sustainability in their work.

The Queen’s second child also attended the Annual Dinner to the Younger Brethren at Trinity House as The Master of Corporation. Trinity House is a chairty which is dedicated to safeguarding shipping and seafarers; the Younger Brethren are made up of over 400 men and women who provide maritime and business expertise.

Anne’s final engagement on Tuesday was a reception at the House of Lords; The Princess Royal was present as Patron of Hft, a charity supporting people with learning disabilities. At the event, Princess Anne met representatives of the charity, as well as donors, family carers and those who are supported by the organisation.

Wednesday

As Colonel-in-Chief of The Blues and Royals, The Princess Royal was scheduled to attend its 50th anniversary dinner at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park Hotel. However, on the same day, a fire broke out in the hotel and a Buckingham Palace spokesperson said that the event was cancelled.

Princess Anne was also present at the Trinitytide Anniversary, Annual Meeting of the Court and Luncheon as Master of The Corporation of Trinity House. Once again, Princess Anne was at Fishmongers’ Hall to attend a Fellows’ Evening in her capacity as President of the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851. The Commission awards fellowships and scholarships aimed at advanced study and research in science, engineering, the built environment and design. It was established by Queen Victoria in 1850 to organise The Great Exhibition, of which Prince Albert became President.

A picture of The Great Exhibition by Joseph Nash (Royal Collection Trust)

Thursday

On Thursday, The Princess Royal hosted the Not Forgotten Association Garden Party at Buckingham Palace. The Association was founded in 1920 to provide ‘comfort, cheer and entertainment’ for the wounded servicemen who were still in hospital following WW1. The first ever Not Forgotten Association Garden Party was held at the Palace in 1921 and the tradition continues to this day; The Queen’s grandmother, Queen Mary, was the first patron of the Association, while The Princess Royal holds that honour today.

The Princess Royal hosts the Not Forgotten Association Garden Party at Buckingham Palace (Royal Family)

Present at the Garden Party were 2,500 guests, representing over 120 military organisations and charities, as well as 32 military association care homes. Anne met with various guests, including 99-year old Edward Morrison, who served with the Lancashire Fusiliers and was evacuated from Dunkirk. Edward, who turns 100 in August, then returned to North West Europe and served there again between 1944 and 1946.

Princess Anne chats to Edward Morrison, who served in WW2 (Royal Family)

As well as the Garden Party, The Princess Royal also hosted a reception at St James’s Palace as Patron of Opportunity International UK. The organisation supports entrepreneurs battling poverty in 22 different countries; 95% of Opportunity’s loan clients are women. Anne has been Patron since 1998 and through this role has visited clients in Ghana, Mozambique, Peru and the Philippines.

The Queen’s daughter also chaired an Industry Committee Meeting and a Council of Management Meeting at The Kennel Club in her capacity as President of the Animal Health Trust. Anne has been President of the organisation since 1991, although she first visited the Trust when she was only 19.

Friday

On Friday, Princess Anne had just one engagement, attending the Senior Colonels’ Conference and Dinner at Buckingham Palace as Colonel-in-Chief of the Blues and Royals. The Duke of Kent was also be present as Colonel of the Scots Guards. We have no further information on this engagement.

Saturday

The Princess Royal joined her mother, The Queen, and the rest of the Royal Family for the annual Trooping the Colour celebrations. Princess Anne rode out as Colonel of the Blues and Royals during the procession.

Princess Anne rides out as Colonel of the Blues and Royals during Trooping the Colour (Royal Family)

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Olivia is currently studying International Business Management and Spanish at Heriot Watt University. She has always had a keen interest in British history, particularly the Royal Family - Henry VIII and his crazy marital life being a personal favourite. Olivia also loves fashion, which means that The Countess of Wessex and The Duchess of Cambridge feature highly among her favourite royals. Due to a year spent studying in Madrid, Olivia also has an interest in the Spanish Royal Family, especially Queen Letizia

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  • Princess Anne looks very beautiful.

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