'An incredible lady'

Terry Roberts
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Members of the 1st battalion of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment pose for a photo with Princess Anne, the Princess Royal, at Bowring Park Sunday, April 25, 2010. Princess Anne is the regiment's c

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Princess Anne begins her Newfoundland visit

A visit that was nearly cancelled because of international air travel disruptions caused by volcanic ash clouds got off to a smooth start Friday as Princess Anne, the Princess Royal, began her first visit to this province since 1991.

The daughter of Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh arrived at St. John's International Airport at mid-afternoon aboard a Canadian Forces Challenger jet, and was greeted by about a dozen dignitaries, including Lt.-Gov. John Crosbie and Lt.-Col. Alex Brennan, commander of the first battalion of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment.

A visit that was nearly cancelled because of international air travel disruptions caused by volcanic ash clouds got off to a smooth start Friday as Princess Anne, the Princess Royal, began her first visit to this province since 1991.

The daughter of Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh arrived at St. John's International Airport at mid-afternoon aboard a Canadian Forces Challenger jet, and was greeted by about a dozen dignitaries, including Lt.-Gov. John Crosbie and Lt.-Col. Alex Brennan, commander of the first battalion of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment.

She stepped off the plane wearing a knee-length beige jacket, a red scarf and matching black boots and purse.

She was presented with roses before making her way along the receiving line.

After about five minutes, she boarded an awaiting car and drove away in a convoy of four black vehicles.

"She was very warm. A very disarming personality," Brennan told reporters following the brief reception. "An incredible lady. She's truly matching up to her reputation."

Princess Anne is the colonel-in-chief of the regiment.

The highlight of her visit will be a unique ceremony this afternoon at Mile One Centre, where she will present new regimental colours to the unit. It's a rare ceremony that usually happens about every quarter century or more.

She is a guest of the regiment, and will be the guest of honour as the regiment celebrates its 215th anniversary at an invitation-only dinner tonight.

Her first function Friday was at Memorial University, where she was conferred an honorary doctor of laws degree by university acting president and vice-chancellor Christopher Loomis.

The 40-minute ceremony was held at the D.F. Cook Recital Hall.

In her remarks, Princess Anne said she felt privileged to accept the degree, and said it represents one more tangible connection between her and the Royal Newfoundland Regiment.

Memorial University was established in 1925 as a "living memorial" to Newfoundlanders who lost their lives on active service during the First World War. More than 6,000 men from this province enlisted in the regiment during the war, and hundreds were either killed in battle or died of disease.

Princess Anne is the second Princess Royal and colonel-in-chief of the regiment to receive an honorary degree from MUN. Her great-aunt Mary was also recognized during a visit to Newfoundland in 1964.

"Thank you for honouring me, for welcoming me into the Memorial University community, and, most of all, thank you for everything that you do for the people of Newfoundland and Labrador," the princess told an audience of several hundred during an eight-minute address.

Loomis said this province's close ties with Great Britain, and with the Royal Family, are deeply valued.

"As colonel-in-chief of the regiment, your connections to Newfoundland and Labrador, and to Memorial University are particularly meaningful," Loomis said.

"We are proud to be bestowing our highest honour on your Royal Highness," he added.

Later Friday, she handed out Duke of Edinburgh Gold Awards to about 150 recipients during a ceremony at the Delta St. John's Hotel. Since the gold award can only be presented by a member of the Royal Family, some of recipients had waited five years for the award.

Her visit continues today with a series of events, culminating with the presentation of colours ceremony, which begins at 2 p.m.

troberts@thetelegram.com

Organizations: International Airport, Canadian Forces Challenger, Royal Highness Delta St. John's Hotel

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, St. John's, Great Britain

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  • Rose Marie
    July 02, 2010 - 13:31

    Trivia:

    The Captain of the Canadian Forces Challenger Jet who is photographed taking a salute at the bottom of the Aircraft steps is none other then your local 515 Air Cadet Squadrons W/O Jeff Andrews. Gary Hebbard of the Telegram who actually took the photo/video also had a son in the same Squadron at the same time.

  • Sounding
    July 02, 2010 - 13:30

    An INCREDIBLE waste of money time and resources on this snob! BYE BYE!

  • Ron
    July 02, 2010 - 13:22

    This visit is for the Regiment!!! Nothing more, nothing less. I am ashamed of you idiot naysayers, if you can't show some support or pride for this celebrated and historical NFLD institution, then shut your f***ing pie holes and leave the province. You people are not wanted nor needed!!!

  • Whatever Bud
    July 02, 2010 - 13:16

    I hope Miss Princess really enjoys a bumpy ride around the City and that some explains to her that we can't afford to fix the potholes because we need to spend the infrastructure budget to bring the Royals to town. There are very few people in NL that care about the monarchy.This was exhibited quite clearly with the poor turnout for Charles and Camilla's meet and greet at Mile One. This City is literally falling apart yet we are still spending money to bring the world's most famous Welfare Receipients to town.Must be nice.

  • Rose Marie
    July 01, 2010 - 20:19

    Trivia:

    The Captain of the Canadian Forces Challenger Jet who is photographed taking a salute at the bottom of the Aircraft steps is none other then your local 515 Air Cadet Squadrons W/O Jeff Andrews. Gary Hebbard of the Telegram who actually took the photo/video also had a son in the same Squadron at the same time.

  • Sounding
    July 01, 2010 - 20:17

    An INCREDIBLE waste of money time and resources on this snob! BYE BYE!

  • Ron
    July 01, 2010 - 20:07

    This visit is for the Regiment!!! Nothing more, nothing less. I am ashamed of you idiot naysayers, if you can't show some support or pride for this celebrated and historical NFLD institution, then shut your f***ing pie holes and leave the province. You people are not wanted nor needed!!!

  • Whatever Bud
    July 01, 2010 - 19:56

    I hope Miss Princess really enjoys a bumpy ride around the City and that some explains to her that we can't afford to fix the potholes because we need to spend the infrastructure budget to bring the Royals to town. There are very few people in NL that care about the monarchy.This was exhibited quite clearly with the poor turnout for Charles and Camilla's meet and greet at Mile One. This City is literally falling apart yet we are still spending money to bring the world's most famous Welfare Receipients to town.Must be nice.