Her Royal Highness Princess Anne landed by helicopter in Cowes at around 11:00 this morning before undertaking an engagement at The Royal Yacht Squadron, of which her late father was Admiral. It’s the first time HRH has been photographed since Friday.
The Royal entourage then boarded a boat at just before 12:30 and sailed the short journey around to the Royal Victoria Yacht Club in Fishbourne, stopping just off Osborne House for a short period – thought to be for a spot of lunch. A spitfire from Lee-on-Solent flew overhead.
From there, The Princess Royal travelled by car to Ryde where she made a private visit to Ryde School.
The Royal Helicopter landed at Simeon Street Recreation Ground at 15:40 to transport Her Royal Highness back to the mainland, taking off at just before 16:20. A crowd had gathered to wish Her Royal Highness well and to see the helicopter depart.
Today’s unexpected visit comes just 3 days ahead of the funeral of The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, who died last Friday at the age of 99. The funeral will be broadcast live on TV at 15:00 on Saturday.