Princess gives support
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.