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Princess Anne meets descendants of Clovelly mariners

Princess Anne meeting some of the descendants of the mariners lost in 1838. Credit: ITV West Country/Seth Conway

Princess Anne has unveiled a plaque at Clovelly, marking the death of 21 men in a sea disaster there in 1838. As well as speaking to the descendants of those mariners, and local fishermen, she is also meeting the Shipwreck Mariners Society's supporters and volunteers.

The charity began here in Clovelly after the 1838 tragedy and over 175 years has supported hundreds of thousands of mariners and their families in need.

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Latest pictures from Princess Anne's visit to Clovelly

Princess Anne in Clovelly Credit: ITV West Country/Seth Conway

Princess Anne walked down to the harbour along the famous cobbled street in Clovelly: a test for many due to its steepness and uneven surface.

Princess Anne visits the Clovelly donkeys. Credit: ITV West Country/Seth Conway

Princess Anne is a keen horsewoman and took great interest in the village donkeys that had transported goods up and down the steep sloped village for centuries. They are no longer working animals and are now used as a tourist attraction.

Princess Royal due in North Devon

Princess Anne is due to visit Clovelly and Barnstaple today Credit: PA

Princess Anne will be in North Devon today. The Princess Royal will be in Clovelly to open a fountain in honour of the Queen. She'll also unveil a plaque in remembrance of mariners who lost their lives near the town in the 19th century.

This afternoon she'll move on to Barnstaple to open a new play park.

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They also have 2 large vehicles with them.

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