The Princess was welcomed by the Island’s Lord-Lieutenant, Major General Martin White this morning before he accompanied the daughter of Prince Andrew around Carisbrooke Castle, where she saw where her great-great-great aunt and namesake, Princess Beatrice, lived as governor to the Isle of Wight until her death in 1944.
She also visited the museum, the Princess Beatrice Garden and First World War memorial chapel. HRH Princess Beatrice wore a long pink overcoat and met a number of locals including Harri Jones-Evans, who is photographed wearing his school uniform representing Chris the King College.
Using a rather unique mode of transport for a Royal, Princess Beatrice and her entourage proceeded to Priory School in Whippingham via the Cowes Floating Bridge, to help celebrate 150 years of continued education and unveil a plaque to commemorate this. It is believed the unusual diversion was taken to avoid the heavy Isle of Wight Festival traffic in and around Fairlee Road.
Following her tour around the school, Princess Beatrice visited Whippingham Church with its royal connections and the tomb of the late Princess Beatrice and her husband Prince Henry of Battenburg.
This afternoon 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.
This lunch will be followed by a tour of the house, Swiss Cottage and the beach conducted by Osborne House’s curator, Michael Hunter.