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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.