Princess Beatrice to visit the Isle of Wight

By a County Press reporter

Published on Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 12:48


PRINCESS Beatrice will visit the Isle of Wight on Monday.

She will visit Whippingham Church, Osborne House, Priory School and Carisbrooke Castle — the former home of her ancestor and namesake, Princess Beatrice, who served as governor of the Island until her death in 1944.

The princess, daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, will be welcomed by Lord Lieutenant Maj Gen Martin White.

He said: "I am delighted 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."

The princess will visit the Carisbrooke Castle museum, the Princess Beatrice Garden and First World War memorial chapel, before proceeding to Priory School, Whippingham, to help celebrate the school's 150th anniversary.

At Whippingham Church she will visit the tomb of the late Princess Beatrice and her husband, Prince Henry of Battenberg.

English Heritage will host a lunch at Osborne House, where the princess will meet young entrepreneurs and achievers from the Island.

Isle of Wight Council chairman Cllr Ian Ward, who will attended the lunch, 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."

The lunch will be followed by a tour of Osborne House, Swiss Cottage and the beach.


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