Princess NC makes an appearance in Carrickfergus for the cadets’ anniversary
The Princess Royal, Princess Anne, made a surprise visit to Carrickfergus on Wednesday to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Sea Cadets in Northern Ireland.
The event, which was moved indoors due to inclement weather conditions in the area, saw the royal give a speech marking the milestone.
Princess Anne is patron of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines charity and wore her official uniform during the visit.
DUP MLA Brian Kingston, who attended the event as honorary president of the Belfast Eagle Sea Cadets, said he was “delighted” to see the princess in Carrickfergus.
“I am delighted to see that the Princess Royal is celebrating the Sea Cadets’ birthday in Northern Ireland,” he told the Belfast Telegraph.
Mr Kingston, who had two children in the Sea Cadets when they were young and is now an officer in the organisation, said it was great to see the cadets in his honor because “he would have provided young people with great personal development work. are”.
“I am delighted to see the Sea Cadets receive this royal recognition, unfortunately the weather was not favourable,” he added, after heavy rain in Northern Ireland on Wednesday prevented a planned outdoor parade of cadets. Had to cancel.
However, the Princess Royal conducted a military inspection of the members in attendance in accordance with her naval titles.
The DUP MLA also said that in her speech at the event, the Princess Royal spoke of her mother Queen Elizabeth and her grandfather King George’s love and appreciation for the Sea Cadets. He also cut the birthday cake he had baked.
The appearance marks just one of Princess Anne’s many public visits to Northern Ireland this year.
The Princess Royal previously made a surprise visit to Hillsborough Castle in July during the first garden party held at the estate since the pandemic. It was his third visit to the Co Downs in 12 months.
Princess Anne’s visit to Antrim Town follows her nephew Prince William, Prince of Wales, who also attended Carrickfergus with his wife, Catherine, Princess of Wales, last month.
The couple, who still retain the titles of Baron and Lady Carrickfergus they held during the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, stopped by Carrickfergus Castle on a day trip to Northern Ireland.
The visit hit the headlines after the Princess of Wales was told by a member of the public that “Ireland belongs to the Irish” in north Belfast.
The visit also comes as the royal family faces a busy week, with Netflix’s new series The Crown set to begin next week. The series has already caused controversy over its portrayal of King Charles.
Princess Anne’s son-in-law, former rugby player Mike Tindall, is also set to appear on ITV’s I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here on Sunday.