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HRH The Princess Royal at Wallbridge

Royal Visit to Wallbridge

On Friday 10th February Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal visited the Cotswold Canals Project at Wallbridge as a guest of Stroud District Council.

Her Royal Highness toured the Cotswold Canals Visitor Centre and The Lockkeepers Cafe before unveiling a plaque on the lock side.

Cllr Keith Pearson presents…

The Deputy Leader of SDC is seen right presenting an overview of the restoration to the Princess.

Plaque unveiled

Her Royal Highness unveils the commemorative plaque.

Click on the image to see the detail.

An Historic (though short) Voyage

Next came a trip on the CCT's popular Trip Boat Perseverance.

The lock descent took three minutes during which Land & Water's Chris Spencer explained the intricacies of lime mortar application.

He was also able to inform the Princess of a previous royal visit made by King George III in 1788.

Practice & perseverance makes perfect

Much practice & rehearsal resulted in some expert boat handling by the Perseverance crew.

This placed her Royal Highness in a perfect position to cut the green ribbon that signified the first water borne transit through Stroud Brewery Bridge.

Posy Presentation

The day was also rather special for a little lady-in-waiting named Laura.

Her patience was rewarded when she was on hand to present a posy to 
Her Royal Highness.