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Princess Anne arrives in Canada

Princess Anne has arrived in Canada to start her four-day visit to the country.

The Princess Royal’s trip started in Barrie, becoming the first time in more than 100 years a royal has visited the Central Ontario city.

Anne in Canada

Princess Anne is on a short visit to Canada. (Photo: CTV News Video)

 “Today, we are experiencing history in the making,” Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman said. “This is the first time in over 100 years that a member of the royal family has visited the city.”

“The last visit was in 1901 from the Duke and Duchess of York, later King George V and Queen Mary.”

The only daughter of the Queen arrived at the Southshore Community Centre on Tuesday afternoon where she was guest of honour at a special ceremony.

Princess Anne inspected members of her own regiment, The Grey and Simcoe Foresters. The Royal is the regiments colonel-in-cheif.

During her day in Barrie, the Princess also unveiled two benches in Barrie’s military heritage park to honour and remember Canadians who served and died in war.

The royal was also given by flowers by excited six-year-old, Ashley Logan, during her visit.

“I was so excited to her the flowers,” Ashley told a local news station after meeting the Princess.

Due to her visit to Canada, Anne will not be attending Prince George’s christening which is due to take place on Wednesday afternoon at St James’s Palace.

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