Princess Anne set to visit Fareham

VISIT Princess Anne
VISIT Princess Anne
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The Princess Royal will pay Fareham a visit later as part of the celebrations for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Princess Anne will watch HMS Collingwood, the navy’s training base, exercise its freedom of the borough by staging a special march through Fareham town centre.

The princess will also officially open the newly upgraded West Street play area to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee.

The march will start from the Bath Lane car park at 10.40am with the main ceremony taking place at the West Street podium at 11am.

The mayor of Fareham, Councillor Trevor Cartwright, said: ‘It will be a great honour to welcome the Princess Royal to Fareham on this occasion to mark The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

‘I hope that many residents will visit the town centre to give her a big cheer when she arrives.’

Commodore Mike Mansergh, of HMS Collingwood, said: ‘It is a huge honour for HMS Collingwood to mark our special relationship with Fareham with bayonets fixed and flags flying, during such a special year in which we celebrate her majesty the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the nation’s hosting of the Olympic games.

‘The armed forces are particularly grateful for the upsurge in support brought about by the continued presence of our people on operations, including the very significant contribution made by the Royal Navy and Royal Marines in Afghanistan, off Libya and elsewhere around the world.’

Various road closure will be put in place around the town centre from 10am to 2pm. For more information go to or call (01329) 236100.