Princess Beatrice to visit Isle of Wight

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I’m so excited!

HRH Princess Beatrice is to carry out a number of engagements across the Island on Monday, June 16

The Princess, daughter of Prince Andrew will visit Carisbrooke Castle, Whippingham Church and Priory School in Whippingham, as well as Osborne House in nearby East Cowes.

Her Royal Highness will be welcomed to the Island by HM Lord-Lieutenant Major General Martin White CB CBE JP, who comments:

“I am delighted that HRH is visiting the Island. Her forebear’s links with our community are numerous and we are very much looking forward to, not only sharing some of those important historical connections, but also introducing today’s Isle of Wight and its people.”

At Carisbrooke Castle, HRH Princess Beatrice will see where her great great great aunt and namesake, Princess Beatrice lived as governor to the Isle of Wight until her death in 1944. She will visit the museum, the Princess Beatrice Garden and First World War memorial chapel.

Princess Beatrice will then proceed to Priory School, Whippingham to help celebrate 150 years of continued education and unveil a plaque to commemorate this. On the princess’s arrival a senior school pupil will ring the school’s Victoria Bell and the school’s choir will sing. Princess Beatrice will tour the school, in particular the junior school and reception.

Following this she will go to Whippingham Church with its royal connections and the tomb of the late Princess Beatrice and her husband Prince Henry of Battenburg. This will be followed by a visit to Osborne House.

The Princess will have a working lunch hosted by English Heritage which will be attended by young entrepreneurs and achievers from the Island.

The chairman of the Isle of Wight Council, Councillor Ian Ward will attend the lunch and introduce some of the young people who have been invited to talk to the princess about their achievements.

He said:

“It will be a real honour to help showcase the Island to Princess Beatrice and highlight the achievements of some of our young people.”

This lunch will be followed by a tour of the house, Swiss Cottage and the beach conducted by Osborne House’s curator, Michael Hunter.

Photograph: TheMatthewShack


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