Princess Royal visits the Falklands Islands

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The Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence are undertaking a visit to the Falkland Islands at the request of His Majesty’s Government.

During the six-day visit, The Princess Royal is meeting His Majesty’s Governor and Members of the Legislative Assembly and attending several receptions for local community members.

Yesterday (Friday), Her Royal Highness visited the Mount Pleasant base for British Forces South Atlantic Islands and visited sites and laid wreaths to mark the 40th Anniversary of the 1982 Conflict.

There was also the opportunity to visit conservation sites to showcase the unique flora and fauna in this Overseas Territory.

Her Royal Highness, accompanied by Sir Tim Laurence, arrived in the Falkland Islands, where they were welcomed by the Governor of Falkland Islands (Her Excellency Mrs. Alison Blake).

The Princess Royal met Members of the Legislative Assembly, before laying a wreath at the 1982 Liberation Memorial in Port Stanley where a significant crowd of Falklands residents turned out to follow the ceremony. The Princess has visited the Falklands on several occasions and is a hugely popular figure on the islands.

Also attending the ceremony was Falklands’s governor Alison Blake CMG and Commander of the British Forces, Commodore Jonathan Lett.

At the Act of Remembrance the Princess Royal met with Falklands Veterans and with members of the All Party Parliamentarian Group, also currently in the Falklands, invited as part of the 40th anniversary commemorations.

The Princess and her spouse also met with Legislative Assembly and visited the primary and secondary schools in the City of Stanley to hear about the education facilities on the Islands. She later arrived at Falkland College as patron of City & Guilds.

Later in the morning the UK Parliament delegation held discussions with the elected members of the Falklands Legislative Assembly, which is the autonomous government of the Islands, deciding on all matters with the exception of defence and in consultation with London on foreign policy.

Her Royal Highness then visited the Primary and Secondary Schools in Port Stanley to hear about the education facilities on the Islands.

As Patron of City & Guilds, The Princess then visited the Falkland College, an accredited City & Guilds site.


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