HRH Princess Alexandra visits North Devon
A member of the Royal Family didn’t let the rain dampen her spirits during a visit to North Devon on Wednesday.
HRH Princess Alexandra greeted schoolchildren and dignitaries as she arrived at RHS Rosemoor, near Great Torrington, at 2.30pm.
The Royal party flew into Exeter Airport at 1.20pm before making their way to North Devon by car.
Schoolchildren from Great Torrington Junior School waved Union Jack flags and presented Her Royal Highness with a bouquet of flowers as she made her way through the gardens.
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During her visit, HRH Princess Alexandra unveiled a special plaque to mark the official opening of the new Peter Buckley Teaching Gardens.
Dignitaries, major contributors to the project and RHS Rosemoor staff congregated in the Peter Buckley Learning Centre after the unveiling to witness the Princess cut a commemorative cake.
Former government minister Lord Heseltine and RHS president Elizabeth Banks, who designed the gardens in the 1980s, accompanied Princess Alexandra at the event.
Other dignitaries present included the High Sheriff of Devon, Mr Robin Barlow, the chairman of Devon County Council Councillor Jeremy Yabsley, Torrington mayor Councillor Richard Rumbold and Chief Superintendent Julie Fielding from Devon and Cornwall Police.
The Peter Buckley Learning Centre was named in memory of the late RHS president and designed by Devon-based ecological architects, Gale and Snowdon.
Over the last few months, the land surrounding the centre has been developed to provide a forest garden, an extensive vegetable growing area and a number of horticultural plots.
It is used by primary and secondary schools, attracting around 5,000 schoolchildren a year, as well as adult learning groups.