Another week, another packed diary for the Princess Royal. The past seven days have seen her criss cross England, support many of the organisations close to her heart and remember a time when supersonice was all the rage. It’s time to keep up with Anne.
The Princess Royal’s week started in Oxfordshire where she carried out two engagements on Monday. First stop was Thame were, in her role as patron of Transaid, she helped mark the 50th anniversary of one of its corporate partners, UniCarriers United Kingdom Limited. Transaid is an international development organisation aiming to transform lives and communities through sustainable transport.
Anne then headed to an engagement with another of her patronages, the Butler Trust, which supports and promotes good practice in prisons. The Princess Royal spent the afternoon at its Operational Response and Resilience Unit in Kidlington. The evening took Anne to Stroud General Hospital in Gloucestershire where she for a visit – she is patron of its League of Friends which supports the facility through fundraising.
On Tuesday, the Princess Royal headed to Minsterworth in Gloucester to officially open a new affordable housing scheme there before visiting the Citizens Advice Bureaux for Stroud and the Cotswold Districts. Anne is Patron of the National Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux which have been offering free, confidential advice to people for over eight decades.
Things got supersonic for Anne on Tuesday evening as she helped mark half a century since the first United Kingdom flight of Concorde. The Princess Royal celebrated at a dinner held at Aerospace Bristol, of which she is patron.
Wednesday took Anne to Shropshire where she visited the Barrow 1618 Church of England Primary School for an overview of how the children learn outdoors at its famous Forest School. Next on the agenda was a visit to Farley, Much Wenlock where the Princess Royal, who is President of the Riding for the Disabled Association, visited the Perry Group and officially opened the new Cavalier Centre which they will use and which will become a focal point for sport for those with disabilities in the area.
The Princess Royal was back in London on Wednesday evening where, as Honorary President of the Oxford Farming Conference, she attended its annual patrons and sponsors evening, held at the Farmers’ Club at Whitehall Court.
That packed week brings Anne’s annual tally of engagements to 135 for 2019. Last year, the Princess Royal was the busiest member of the House of Windsor, carrying out 518 engagements in total.