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Princess Anne and Family

Princess Anne has a BAA-rilliant day at the National Sheep Association

The Princess Royal had a BAA-rilliant day in Wales this morning when she visited the National Sheep Association Wales and Border Ram Sales to mark their 40th Anniversary.

Princess Anne is known to be a keen advocate of farming and agriculture, so it is no surprise that she attended the celebrations at the Royal Welsh Showground to mark the anniversary.

During her visit, the 68-year-old observed more than 11,000 sheep being sold in 22 rings.

The Border Ram Sales take place twice a year and are well known for improving standards throughout the sheep industry.

The event was first held in 1978 and was the brainchild of the late Verney Pugh OBE and was masterminded by the George Hughes MBE.

Princess Anne is following in her grandmother’s footsteps, as The Queen Mother was an early supporter of the sale.

During the 1980s and 1990s, the Queen Mother sent her rams to the sale from the Castle of Mey on a regular basis.

Later in the day, the Princess Royal travelled to Gwent where she visited the Missing Children’s Team.

The team is made up of Social Care Services, Health, Education and Police and provides a proactive, joined-up approach to dealing with missing children.

A Gwent Police spokesperson said: “Missing children are amongst the most vulnerable people in the communities and we have a shared responsibility to protect them from harm and to help them improve their lives and outcomes.”

The Gwent Missing Children’s Team works hard to improve the lives of vulnerable children who frequently go missing, working closely with the child and their parents and guardians.

During her visit, Princess Anne took some time meeting with children that are currently being supported by the team.