Charity car rally with war theme for soldiers heads to Portsmouth

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Even though George V proclaimed all German titles were to be given up by his family a century ago (July 17 1917), there is still physical evidence in our city of the Germanic royal house that once existed. Two commemoration stones relating to members of the royal house previous to the House of Windsor are so readily a part of the fabric of our daily lives but are probably in the most part overlooked.

A walk along Queen Street and on the corner with Aylward Street will present a building with a foundation stone that was laid by HRH Princess Henry of Battenberg in 1912. This was the married title of Queen Victoria's daughter Beatrice which was relinquished on 14 July 1917. From 17 July 1917 she was known as HRH the Princess Beatrice.

A visit to Sainsburys foyer in Commercial Road will provide the opportunity to see a commemoration stone for the opening of the Child's Ward of the Royal Hospital in 1909 by HH Princess Victoria of Schleswig

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A CAR rally for modified vehicles is to be held to raise money for ABF The Soldiers Charity.

The event, organised by Hashiriya Shows and Modifed Xtreme, will see more than 100 cars take to the streets of Portsmouth on Saturday, and their drivers will be asked to complete challenges along the way based on the work of soldiers.

There will be a boot camp challenge, first aid task and a war exercise as part of the event and participants will be given points according to their skill and effort shown on these tasks.

One of the organisers, Chris Barnley, from Hashiriya Shows, said: ‘We have a bit of a bad reputation for causing a lot of noise and we thought this would be a good way to show people that we’re not all bad, we do good things for the community too.’

For more information, or an application form to take part, see

Each participant must raise a minimum of £12.50, all of which goes to the charity.