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Cumbria Rescue HQ opened by Princess Royal

The Princess Royal officially opened the new Cumbria Fire and Rescue Services headquarters, as part of her visit to the region on Monday (22 October).

Her Royal Highness unveiled a plaque to mark the Royal visit at Penrith Community Fire Station.

Ian Cartwright, Deputy Chief Fire Officer from Cumbria, told us about the Royal visit:


Princess Anne opens Northside bridge

Princess Anne cuts the ribbon on the bridge Credit: ITV Border

The Princess Royal has become the first person to drive across the new Northside Bridge in Workington. The former bridge was destroyed in the floods of November 2009. Princess Anne has now opened the new £11 million pound bridge linking the centre of Workington with the Northside area of the town.

She met the widow of PC Bill Barker, the policeman killed when the old bridge collapsed as well as families affected by the floods. Prayers were said during the ceremony to bless the bridge, including one from the Archbishop of York.

Princess Anne meets the Barker family Credit: ITV Border


Princess Anne to spend the day in the Borders

The Princess Royal will visit the Scottish Borders today where she will carry out a number of duties.

Princess Anne will begin her visit by representing the Queen at a Thanksgiving Service to mark Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee in Melrose Parish Church.

Her Royal Highness will be joined by 600 guests including Lord-lieutenant's from the region.

She will then head to Glen Estate, near Innerleithen, where she will plant a cherry tree to mark the creation of the Grieston Hill Diamond Jubilee Wood.

Finally, Princess Anne will attend a Reception held by the Scottish Borders Council where she will meet representatives from various voluntary and other organisations throughout the Borders.

During the reception she will also present British Empire Medals to Elizabeth Brown and John Falla.