HRH The Princess Royal Visits the Island

On Friday 9th October, HRH The Princess Royal, Patron of UKSA, paid a working visit to see the renovated Training Facilities at Arctic Road.  During the visit, 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. The Princess Royal 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 Isle Help Advice Centre at County Hall. Paul Savill, Chief Executive of Citizens Advice IW  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 Citizens Advice volunteers, staff and trustees via video link and thanked them for their work.

Finally, The Princess Royal visited the Island Riding Centre 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.

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