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Princess Anne to plant tree for woodland project

Princess Anne is visiting The Woodland Trust's Jubilee Woods project in Leicestershire today.

Princess Ann gives a speech at a previous woodland event Credit: Alastair Grant/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The Princess is opening the Paralympic Grove, where one million trees will be planted to celebrate Team GB's success in the 2012 Paralympic Games.

Paralympic champion swimmer Ellie Simmonds is also at the event, where Princess Anne will plant an Oak tree, as a lasting legacy.

Princess Anne opens new dog kennels in Leicestershire

Princess Anne checking out the kennels Credit: ITV News Central

Princess Anne was in Leicestershire this morning to officially open new military kennel blocks at the Defence Animal Centre in Melton Mowbray.

The new blocks can accommodate 200 dogs and have a specially designed acoustic roof which reduces the noise of barking.

The royal visitor talks to officers Credit: ITV News Central

The dogs at the centre are trained for use in action in places such as Iraq and Afghanistan.

Princess Anne's visit comes after the Ministry of Defence has been criticised for putting down some military dogs once their term of service has ended.

Princess Royal to open new military dog kennels

New military dog kennel blocks at Melton Mowbray, east Leicestershire, are due to be officially opened by Princess Anne today.

The Princess Royal, who in Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Army Veterinary Corps, will inspect the new kennels as well as watch a series of dog demonstrations.

Princess Anne will open the new dog kennels today
Princess Anne will open the new dog kennels today Credit: John Walton/PA

The three new kennel blocks can house 200 dogs, and have been designed to reduce noise levels.

They also feature thermostatically-controlled heating, extractor fans and lighting.

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Is George next in line to be famous Aston Villa fan?

Prince William's ambition to persuade his son George to follow Aston Villa could see the future King join a powerful set of supporters of the Midlands team.

Prince William apparently started supporting Villa at Eton. His role as FA president saw him meet then-Villa winger Ashley Young in 2009. Credit: Anwar Hussein/EMPICS Entertainment
Prime Minister David Cameron has also been spotted in the stands for several of Villa's away matches in London in recent seasons. Credit: Stephen Pond/EMPICS Sport
Former Bank of England governor Sir Mervyn King is a regular at Villa Park and sat next to then-England manager Fabio Capello in 2011. Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

Read: Prince William vows to take George to Villa Park

Mayor confident for 'sensible decision' on Richard III

Mayor of Leicester Sir Peter Soulsby has welcomed the judicial review into the final resting place of King Richard III.

He says he's confident the outcome will be a 'sensible one', as the monarch's skeleton has been buried in the city for more than 500 years after his death at the Battle of Bosworth in Leicestershire.

Council react to Richard III judicial review

Following the decision to allow a judicial review into the reburying of Richard III's remains at Leicester Cathedral, Leicestershire County Council issued the following statement.

"Richard III died at the battle of Bosworth and was taken to Leicester to be buried. These are compelling reasons why his remains should be interred at Leicester Cathedral. "I hope that the court comes, swiftly, to the same conclusion, so that the county and city councils and the Cathedral can progress their plans to commemorate his life, next year."

– Richard Blunt, Leicestershire County Council's cabinet member for heritage, leisure and arts
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