Princess Beatrice to visit the Isle of Wight

By a County Press reporter

Thursday, June 12, 2014


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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by John James

14th June 2014, at 11:57:49

Pedigree chum top breeders recommend it.

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by Alex Pick

13th June 2014, at 14:41:04


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by David Blackford

13th June 2014, at 10:42:15

Bet she doesn't come across on the ferry - with commoners

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by Mike Crowe

13th June 2014, at 08:51:14

Yes Baz

"""Princess Beatrice's royal wedding hat has been sold on auction site eBay for £81,100.01.

The auction on eBay ended, with the proceeds going to charities Unicef and Children in Crisis."""

Not to be laughed at I think you will agree.

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by David Blackford

13th June 2014, at 07:46:07

Baz - She appeared in a funny hat on one occasion I recall

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by Baz Taylor

12th June 2014, at 23:48:40

Who is she anyway? Is she someone special? Has she appeared in Home & Away or Eastenders or something?

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by Tim Muncaster

12th June 2014, at 18:35:43

On the busiest travel day of the year, with Fairlee Road still designated as one-way (and the wrong way for Carisbrooke to Whippinham). I seem to recall Beatrice Avenue was used as a holding park for the ferries in previous years.

This could get interesting (or not.....)

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by june Darling

12th June 2014, at 15:50:24

Mike is quite correct about Priory school - my friend's daughter went there when it was in The Broadway. However, Queen Victoria gave a school to the villagers of Whippingham, and Prince Albert had a hand in the design. Thus there has been a school there for 150 years. To the relief of a lot of the locals, when the school was closed during the re-jigging of Island schools , and it was feared the site might be redeveloped, Priory school, who were looking for better premises, stepped in and bought it. There has therefore been a school in that building for all this time, even though the name is now different. the primary school that closed a few years ago was vastly different from the original one anyway.

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by Mike Crowe

12th June 2014, at 13:50:05

""" before proceeding to Priory School, Whippingham, to help celebrate the school's 150th anniversary."""

I never knew Priory School was that old. I thought it started about 20 years ago in an old hotel on the Broadway in Sandown and moved about to other places such as Luccombe before going to Whippingham.

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