The Honourable Lady Ogilvy, also known as Princess Alexandra, planted a horse chestnut tree in the Ribble Valley on 7th February. This event shows the Princess following in the footsteps of her great-grandmother, Queen Alexandra, who did the same at a similar event a century ago.
In a green velvet suit, Lady Ogilvy was greeted by a few hundred well-wishers, with whom she chatted and shook hands, demonstrating her usual friendly and genuine nature. The Princess is now the 45th in line to the throne since the birth of Mia Tindall last month.
In 1913, Queen Alexandra, wife of Edward VII, planted two chestnut trees in Black Moss Mansion, Thornley. Fast forward to 2014, and Lady Ogilvy has done the same at the Country House Hotel, owned by the Ferrari family. The event was a charity luncheon, raising money for the Alexandra Rose Charity, the North West Air Ambulance, Lancashire First Responders, Longridge Community Hospital and Great Eccleston Cancer Research.
Queen Alexandra also supported medical charities and created the Alexandra Rose Charity in 1912, which was established after an idea was given to her by a priest who grew roses in his garden and sold them. The money that was raised through these sales was then given to the needy. Edward VII’s wife set up the charity to mark her 50th year in Great Britain. The organisation sold specialised silk roses for the occasion, hence the name the Alexandra Rose Charity.
Initially, the Queen’s first cousin could not make the date the Ferrari’s wanted to hold the event, but then received a letter from Buckingham Palace asking if February 7th would be appropriate, since Alexandra was in the area on this date.
The Ferrari family, who own the hotel, watched as their eight-year-old granddaughter, Amelie Varache, presented the Princess with a posy before her departure, marking the historic event.
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