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HRH Princess Royal tours Cumbrian Distillery

Princess Anne visiting the Lakes Distillery near Bassenthwaite Credit: ITV Border

Princess Anne has visited a whisky distillery as part of her official tour of Cumbria.

Founder and managing director of The Lakes Distillery, Paul Currie, welcomed her Royal Highness Princess Anne to the distillery’s picturesque setting overlooking Bassenthwaite Lake today before inviting her to tour the £7m development.

The Princess Royal inspecting a mash tun which starts the whisky brew at Lakes Distillery Credit: ITV Border

It was an incredible honour to have Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal officially open The Lakes Distillery, all of us will remember this day for years to come.

As the only distillery in Cumbria, we are very proud of our team and our facilities which are already producing award-winning spirits. It was a pleasure to be able to present the fruit of our hard work to such a prestigious guest.

Her Royal Highness’ visit marks the start of our first summer season open to the public. We expect to attract 100,000 guests of all ages to the distillery each year, who will be able to follow the same tour as Her Royal Highness, and we hope they enjoy their visit just as much.”

– Paul Currie, Lakes Distillery

Princess Anne visited the stillroom where The Lakes Vodka, Gin and Single Malt is produced, as well as the Bistro at the Lakes Distillery before unveiling a plaque in the courtyard to mark its official opening.

Princess Anne unveiling the plaque at the official opening of the Lakes Distillery Credit: ITV Border

Following the official opening, The Princess Royal added:

it's lovely to see these sorts of old agricultural buildings find a really good re-use"

– HRH Princess Royal

Princess Royal arrives in Carlisle

As part of her tour of Cumbria HRH The Princess Royal has arrived at the Save The Children Shop in Carlisle.

Princess Anne begins her tour of Cumbria today Credit: ITV Border
Royal visiting Save The Children Credit: ITV Border

Following her visit to Save The Children this morning, Princess Anne greeted people from the Carlisle Citizens Advice Bureau.

HRH Princess Royal arriving at the Carlisle Citizens Advice Bureau Credit: ITV Border

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Cumbria welcomes royal visit

Princess Anne will be visiting Cumbria today Credit: PA

Glasses will be raised to a royal visitor in Cumbria today as the Princess Royal officially opens the Lakes Distillery near Bassenthwaite. It's England's largest whisky distillery.

Princess Anne will also visit the Save the Children shop in Carlisle and call into CN Group in Carlisle to mark 200 years of the Cumberland News

Burns sculpture features his most famous poems

A sculpture of the famous Scots poet Robert Burns is being unveiled by Princess Anne in Dumfries.

The sculpture, which features some of Burns' most famous poems, including Tam O' Shanter and "To a mouse", is commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.

Local artist David Gulland designed the sculpture, which was then created from Dumfries sandstone by stonemason David Little.

The centre piece focuses on the Dumfriesshire landscape, with a gently flowing stream and a number of sheep- referring to Burns' well known song "Ca the yowes to the knowes".

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Princess Anne visits Dumfries

The Princess Royal is visiting Dumfries today to unveil a sculpture of poet Robert Burns.

"Robert Burns' Rock" was gifted by The People's Project to the people of Dumfries and Galloway to mark the 60th Anniversary of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.

The sculpture, which sits opposite the statue of Burns' wife Jean Armour near to St. Michael Street, has been created from Dumfries sandstone by David Little.

Princess Anne comes to Melrose

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal will represent the Queen at a Thanksgiving Service to mark Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee at Melrose Parish church on Tuesday 11 September. Afterwards she will attend a reception hosted by Scottish Borders Council.

Princess Anne will meet with representatives of local voluntary organisations and present British Empire Medals to two new Lord-Lieutenants who represent the crown in every county in the UK.