HRH The Princess Royal visited Cowes and Newport today (Friday), flying in by helicopter.
Princess Anne paid a working visit to see the renovated training facilities at UKSA on Artic Road, Cowes. Her Royal Highness was met by Chief Executive Ben Willows and Chairman of Trustees Kevin George.
The Princess Royal flew to the Island by helicopter and landed in Somerton at around 10:45, before travelling by car to Newport and then onwards towards Wootton. She then departed via Royal helicopter back to the mainland.
During the visit to UKSA, The Princess Royal was briefed on the 1:1 Virtual tutoring system and was given a demonstration of the Simulator Suite. The Princess viewed the new kitchen facilities and was given a tour of the Sports Hall where she received a briefing on the Capital Development Plan and the Island Youth Programme.
Her Royal Highness was also given a brief on the Isle of Wight programmes supporting young people during COVID-19 as well as the Careers in Maritime project.
As Patron of the National Association of Citizens Advice Bureau’s (NACAB), Her Royal Highness then visited the Help Advice Centre at County Hall in Newport. Paul Saville as Chief Executive of the Help Advice Centre introduced The Princess Royal to representatives of partner organisations and gave a demonstration of the ‘Attend Anywhere’ video conferencing system in use. Her Royal Highness then met volunteers via video link and thanked them for their work.
Finally, The Princess Royal visited the Island Riding Centre on the outskirts of Newport to see the new facilities for the disabled and the work being done with apprentices from HTP College. Her Royal Highness was shown around by Mrs Louise Buckner and was given a demonstration of the new parahoist.
The Princess met the students and apprentices at their work in the stables and then met the students from St Catherine’s school who were there for their weekly riding session. Finally, the apprentice students performed a musical ride for The Princess, before Her Royal Highness unveiled a plaque to open the Island Riding Centre.