Leeds Castle 25th June, 2019
HRH Princess Alexandra started her visit to Kent at Leeds Castle as part of the Castle’s 900th anniversary celebrations. Greeted by the Lord-Lieutenant of Kent, The Viscount De L’Isle, HRH opened the new ‘Princess Alexandra Gardens’. The gardens of Leeds Castle are currently undergoing an exciting seven year project that will develop six diverse new areas including an Oriental Garden and Jungle Garden.
Later in the afternoon, Princess Alexandra was invited to unveil the marking stone for the 900th anniversary time capsule. The time capsule celebrates life at Leeds Castle in 2019 and includes items such as an Ordnance Survey map, tickets and leaflets for Leeds Castle, coins and stamps. Also included in the time capsule were the two winning stories from the Leeds Castle BIG 900 Story Writing Challenge, which was open to children aged 5-13 years. The two winning authors were invited back and had the privilege of meeting Princess Alexandra.
“We were honoured to welcome back Princess Alexandra to Leeds Castle, our Patron for over 45 years, for a very special day to celebrate the Castle’s 900th anniversary,” said Leeds Castle chief executive Sir David Steel. “The Princess continues to be a wonderful patron and we were thrilled that she spent so much time with us, meeting so many of our staff and visitors, naming our woodland gardens in her name, dedicating a time capsule and attending a celebratory dinner.
Romney Marsh, 26th June, 2019
The Romney Marsh Historic Churches Trust was honoured to host a visit to Romney Marsh by HRH. It had been a personal request of the Princess to take a tour of the churches and, within the timings allowed, four of the fourteen churches of the Marsh were included, as well as an introduction to community interest project, Romney Tweed.
On arrival at Old Romney, the Princess was received by HM Lord-Lieutenant of Kent, Viscount De L’Isle, who presented the High Sheriff of Kent, Mr Paul Barrett and Chairman of the Trust, Mr Peter Anwyl-Harris.