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Princess Alexandra drops by Bishopstoke Park retirement village

A retirement village in Bishopstoke, Hampshire received a very special guest recently, when it was paid a visit by Princess Alexandra.

Her Royal Highness is The Queen’s first cousin and 49th in the line of succession to the throne. The only daughter of George, Duke of Kent, she is also the youngest granddaughter of King George V and Queen Mary.

Princess Alexandra unveiling a plaque at Bishopstoke Park.

Princess Alexandra unveiling a plaque at Bishopstoke Park.

At Bishopstoke, The Princess unveiled a plaque in the village square, before planting a tea tree in Church Road. The tree has a historical significance, as the village was involved in the Great Tea Race in 1866.

In the 19th century, cargo ships carrying tea from China would compete to be the first ship to dock in London. The informal races gave way to the Great Tea Race of 1866. Sixteen ships raced between London and China, with the tea clipper ‘Ariel’ coming in at first place. She completed the 14,000 mile journey in 99 days. 

Following that, Princess Alexandra was taken on a guided tour of the retirement village, which is managed by Anchor. The space is set to provide assisted living apartments to more than 170 senior citizens, to allow them to live independently while still receiving the required care.

Anchor is England’s largest non-profit provider of housing for older people. Their aim is simple – to help senior citizens get the very best out of life.

For that reason, Anchor has over a thousand purpose-built retirement homes across the country, with excellent facilities and expert care for their customers. Most of the people assisted by the organisation are over 55 years old, and Anchor yearns to show them that they still have many good years to go.

The organisation has more than 45 years of experience working with older people. Princess Alexandra is Patron of Anchor.

Photo Credit: Anchor

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