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Princess Anne in Queensland

Following her nephew and his family’s wildly popular tour of Australia and New Zealand this April, Princess Anne is on her own visit to the Land Down Under, where she attended a conference hosted by the Royal National Association.

After arriving in Brisbane yesterday, The Princess Royal paid a visit to the Royal International Convention Centre at Brisbane Showgrounds, to attend the 26th Royal Agricultural Society of the Commonwealth conference. As a guest of honour at the event, she gave a speech to over 200 farmers from around the world, in which she spoke very highly of Queensland’s agricultural sector, which is globally reputed.

“I’m actually quite surprised it’s the first time it has been here given the extraordinary history of Queensland as one of the greatest primary producing areas in the world,” she said. “Its history as a producer and exporter, particularly of beef, in Australia and a world leader in livestock production, management and technologies is widely renowned.”

The Princess also commented on Queensland’s resilience in the face of adversity. “It is also renowned for exhibiting that extraordinary strength and resilience in the wake of certainly things like this drought but in previous years, extraordinary devastation caused by flooding,” she said.

The Royal Agricultural Society of the Commonwealth (RASC) is a body comprising of agricultural associations and research bodies from 20 Commonwealth Nations. Princess Anne is the President of the RASC, a post which she took over from her father, The Duke of Edinburgh, in 2011. The Princess is an enthusiastic farmer herself, and owns a large farm on Gatcombe Estate, her home in Gloucestershire.

The Princess will remain in Australia for four days.  However, she will not be making any public appearances during her visit. A spokesperson for Queensland’s Newman Government said: “The State Government is looking forward to welcoming Her Royal Highness, the Princess Royal back to Queensland in October. The Princess Royal is making a private trip to visit charities and organisations with which she is involved, including Save the Children and Riding for the Disabled. While not making any public appearances, her visit will be very much appreciated by the many people with whom she will spend time.”

Although the year is nearly at an end, Australians can look forward to another visit from a member of the Royal Family. The Earl of Wessex is expected to travel to Australia on the 3rd of November, where he will spend four days carrying out his duties as trustee of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. The schedule for his visit has not been revealed as yet.

Photo Credit: Northern Ireland Office/ Simon Graham/Harrisons

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