Princess gives sup­port

Hertfordshire Life - - COUNTY LIFE -

The Princess Royal vis­ited Hert­ford­shire to open two char­ity fa­cil­i­ties that en­rich lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.

Anne vis­ited Brook Cot­tage Farm Car­riage Driv­ing Cen­tre in the East Herts vil­lage of Furneux Pel­ham to of­fi­cially launch its Rid­ing for the Dis­abled As­so­ci­a­tion group (above). A com­peti­tor in the eques­trian three-day event at the 1976 Olympics and a mul­ti­ple Euro­pean medal­ist, she is pres­i­dent of the RDA.

Re­ceived by Deputy Lieu­tenant of Hert­ford­shire, Neville Reyner, the princess was given a car­riage driv­ing demon­stra­tion, watched young­sters take on an ob­sta­cle course and a gymkhana and awarded rosettes to rid­ers. Brook Cot­tage Farm rid­ing coach Hester Tingey said, ‘She was won­der­fully kind and took the time to chat to rid­ers, vol­un­teers and sup­port­ers.’

The princess then trav­elled to Wat­ford where she of­fi­cially opened a Cit­i­zens Ad­vice Bu­reau and spent time chat­ting to staff and ser­vice users.

As pa­tron of the non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion, the princess has a keen in­ter­est in its work – much of it done by vol­un­teers – to com­bat out-of-con­trol debt and give le­gal ad­vice and con­sumer rights guid­ance.

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