Princess Royal kicks off Australian tour with opening of 200th Sydney Royal Easter Show


The Princess Royal has kicked off her three-day visit to Australia by returning to the Sydney Royal Easter Show, which she first opened with her mother, brother and father in 1970.

Anne was the guest of honor at the opening ceremony of the event, which celebrated its 200th anniversary on Saturday.

In the same 150-year-old horse-drawn carriage that carried herself, the Queen, the late Duke of Edinburgh and Charles onto the show 52 years ago, the Princess once again made her way into the main arena to officially open the event on Saturday afternoon .

The Princess Royal tours Little Hands on the Land, a working farm that teaches children to farm (Kirsty O’Connor/PA)

Accompanied by her husband, Vice-Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, the Queen is visiting the Commonwealth nation on behalf of the Queen to celebrate its Platinum Jubilee.

She previously opened the show in 1988.

Anne, Patron of the Royal Agricultural Society of the Commonwealth, toured the stands and displays before a planned dinner at Sydney Olympic Park.

Princess Royal visit to Australia
The Princess Royal awards rosettes after seeing an exhibition organized by the Riding for the Disabled Association (Kirsty O’Connor / PA).

On Sunday, the Queen and her husband will meet representatives from the New South Wales Rural Fire Service, as well as those affected by the devastating bushfires and more recent floods that continue to plague Sydney and Australia’s east coast.

Anne’s trip to Australia on behalf of her mother ends on Monday with a visit to the Royal Australian Corps of Signals and the Royal Australian Corps of Transport before traveling to Papua New Guinea.

On Monday and Tuesday, the Queen and her husband will tour the island nation, visiting Caritas Technical Secondary School, St. John Ambulance, Bomana War Cemetery, Papua New Guinea Adventure Park and the National Museum and Art Gallery.

The Princess Royal views a product at the Districts Exhibition during a visit to open the Royal Agricultural Society of New South Wales Bicentennial Sydney Royal Easter Show in Sydney
Anne views products at Districts Exhibition (Kirsty O’Connor/PA)

The Princess will also open a Women’s Resource Center at Vabukori Village, the National Cardiac Diagnostic Center at Port Moresby General Hospital and meet elders and community leaders at Hanuabada Village.

Anne will conclude the two day tour with a dinner with Prime Minister James Marape and representatives from across the charity sector and business groups.


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