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The Princess Royal thanks soldiers for their work in the coronavirus pandemic

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The Princess Royal has carried out her first public engagement in months as the Royal Family began face to face visits again. And Princess Anne’s diary started with a trip to say thank you to soldiers who have helped in the response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Princess travelled to the Duke of Gloucester Barracks in South Cerney, Gloucestershire to hear about the ongoing efforts of the Royal Logistics Corps over the past three months. She is their Colonel-in-Chief. Social distancing was in place throughout the visit.

The Princess Royal talks to members of the Royal Logistics Corp in her first public engagement since March
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The Royal Logistics Corps has provided a wide range of support and services throughout the pandemic. Amongst its most high profile jobs has been involvement in developing the new Nightingale Hospitals across the UK, set up to provide as much medical capacity as possible if it is needed during the outbreak of coronavirus.

Soldiers have also been involved in supporting regional testing sites and in driving ambulances over the past months. The Princess Royal spoke to many of them to hear their experiences and talk about the next stages of their ongoing work.

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It’s the first public engagement that Anne has carried out since March as the royal diary was cleared owing to the restrictions in place because of the coronavirus pandemic. In the month since, Anne has made a range of video and online appearances.

The Princess Royal’s visit to South Cerney was one of three high profile royal engagements on June 16th 2020 as the Royal Family recommenced its public duties as lockdown measures continue to ease in the UK.

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