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GIFT Klarise Westcombe presents the Princess Royal with flowers.  Picture: Allan Hutchings (120974-231)
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KLARISE Westcombe presented a posie of flowers to the Princess Royal as she reopened Fareham’s town centre play area.

The four-year-old, pictured here and on the front page, handed Princess Anne the flowers before running off to enjoy the revamped play area.

She had been invited to take part in the day after her family took part in Fareham Borough Council’s consultation on how it should improve the play area.

The play park has been under wraps for the last few weeks as it underwent a revamp. It is now called the Diamond Jubilee Play Area.

Mum Amanda Westcombe, of Harwood Road in Gosport, said: ‘We always come to the play area when we’re in Fareham and last October we filled out a form giving our ideas for it.

‘Then a couple of weeks ago we got an email inviting us along. It’s all very exciting.

‘She was taught how to curtsey just for today.’

Klarise said: ‘It was fun – I wasn’t nervous. She said thank you to me.’

Dad Paul Westcombe added: ‘I took the day off work to be here. I’m very proud – it’s been very exciting.’

Six pupils from nearby Wykeham House School, based in East Street, were invited as special guests.

Sarah Clancy, 10, said: ‘It’s all a bit of a blur. The princess asked me what the new play area is like and we said it’s really good, your Royal Highness. She’s very kind and she looked very smart in her uniform.

‘It was amazing to see her in Fareham.’

Isabelle Clarke, seven, added: ‘She was very friendly.’

The school will also be holding a jubilee street party in June.