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Princess Anne and Family

Princess Anne carries on working despite Typhoon Hagibis and earthquake battering Japan

The Princess Royal is maintaining a full diary during her visit to Japan, despite the country facing its worst storm in over 60 years.

Typhoon Hagibis is forecast to arrive in Tokeyo this evening, brining with it 150km/h winds.

As 600,000 were being evacuated in preparation of Hagibis, a 5.7 magnitude earthquake was also felt in Tokyo.

Despite the conditions, Princess Anne has had a busy day in Tokyo where she conducted a number of engagements.

Her Royal Highness attended a UK Food and Drink Exhibition at the British Embassy.

She also attended a product launch at Globe-Trotter in her capacity as President of the UK Fashion and Textile Association.

It is thought that The Queen’s daughter is now safely bolted away ahead of the typhoon which is expected to strike Tokyo very shortly.

Princess Anne’s visit to Japan has been slightly disrupted by the weather, however.

On Saturday, Scotland’s Rugby World Cup match was cancelled due to the Typhoon.

Their match tomorrow is also feared to be cancelled, with would mean Scotland are automatically eliminated from the tournament.

The Princess Royal has been Patron of the Scottish Rugby Union (SRU) for over 30 years.

The Scottish Football Union, as it was known then, was founded in 1873, ahead of the formation of the International Rugby Football Board in 1886. The very first rugby international match was played at Raeburn Place in Edinburgh, on a cricket field. This tradition persisted, and all international matches in Scotland were played on cricket fields, until 1897, when the Scottish Football Union bought land at Inverleith.

Inverleith was the home of Scottish Rugby until the Murrayfield Stadium was built in 1925. Shortly before the completion of the stadium, the SFU changed its name to the Scottish Rugby Union. Princess Anne has been a regular visitor to Murrayfield since the 1980’s and watches team Scotland play multiple times a year.

“The Princess Royal is a long-standing and committed supporter of Scottish rugby,” said a spokesperson for the SRU.

“We were greatly honoured when she performed the official opening of the East Stand at Murrayfield in 1983 and were absolutely delighted when she became our patron in the 1986-7 season. She has been a most welcome visitor to Murrayfield in her capacity as our patron in every season since.”

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