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Princess Anne opens new Cheltenham Racecourse grandstand

Princess Anne to receive a warm welcome in Cheltenham despite a wet and windy day. Credit: PA

On the first day of The Open meeting at Cheltenham Racecourse, Princess Anne will be opening its new, five and a half storey grandstand.

It's the final part of a 45 million pound redevelopment of the course spanning a year and a half.

Cheltenham racecourse's new five and a half storey grandstand will be opened today. Credit: Nick Potts/PA

Today is the start of one of Cheltenham Racecourse's most popular meets, The Open - with thousands expected to flock to the event.

The Princess is one of two Royals visiting the West Country today, as The Duke of Edinburgh is in Plymouth visiting marines this afternoon.


Princess Anne's prized pig killed by wild boar

Princess Anne has kept pigs at her Gloucestershire home for several years. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A rare pig belonging to the Princess Royal was savaged by a wild boar which got into its pen in Gloucestershire.

The princess reportedly told a conference of farmers that her Gloucestershire Old Spot boar was killed on Tuesday night.

It was nearby on the M4 earlier this week that a wild boar caused a car accident in which 47-year-old Raymond Green died.


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