Delighted pupils were introduced to The Princess Royal when she visited Watchfield Primary School as part of her visit to Oxfordshire and the Defence Academy.

Princess Anne was received by the Lord-Lieutenant of Oxfordshire, Mrs Marjorie Glasgow, who presented the Deputy Lieutenant of Oxfordshire, Ms Jane Cranston.

HRH enjoyed a tour of the school and saw the library/sensory room, the English as an Additional Language (EAL) classroom, the early years foundation stage pupils and she visited groups of children in the main hall who excitedly told her about the activities they have been working on that embody the ‘aspirational’ part of the school’s vision.

Finally, she was invited to plant a cherry tree for The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) with the help of three pupils from the school’s Eco Council.

Witney Gazette:

QGC is an initiative which invites people from across the UK to “Plant a Tree for the Jubilee”. 

CEO of Faringdon Learning Trust, Duncan Millard said: “You could easily see how proud the staff and pupils were of their school and how much they wanted to share this with Princess Anne. What a lovely memory for everyone involved." 

Following her visit, the Princess Royal went to Shrivenham Memorial Hall where she was meeting the Covid 19 Resilience Group. There she was presented with a posy by two Shrivenham Primary School pupils.