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article imagePrincess Anne's lightning visit to South Africa Special

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By Christopher Szabo     Apr 17, 2012 in World
Princess Anne, the Princess Royal, is on a lightning three-day visit to South Africa during which she has visited an eye hospital and attended a Thanksgiving service. Digital Journal was there.
Her schedule brought her to Pretoria's Cathedral of Saint Alban the Martyr, tucked away between high rise buildings. Media photographers only had a quick moment to snap the Princess, but Digital Journal attended the Thanksgiving Service where I joined in the Anglican hymns lustilly, as did the gentleman on my right. The Princess Royal is in South Africa to mark the occasion of Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee.
Photographers were very carefully managed and although they were unobtrusive, security men were in ample evidence. The Princess Royal arrived in a Range Rover and went to meet the Bishop as well as the officiating clergy. This was when we took our photos after which we were expected to leave. Princess Anne does not give press interviews. However, I asked to attend the service.
St. Alban s Cathedral  Pretoria.
St. Alban's Cathedral, Pretoria.
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I was shown to a side chapel and my chair faced a stone pillar, but I could see the TV screen so didn't miss a thing (no photos inside, mind you!)
The bishop and clergy line up to meet HRH Princess Anne.
The bishop and clergy line up to meet HRH Princess Anne.
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I was consequently invited to tea as were all who attended the service..
The Princess Royal  Anne  greeting by one of the Anglican clergymen.
The Princess Royal, Anne, greeting by one of the Anglican clergymen.
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Her Royal Highness and the Venerable Timothy Lowes  who officiated at the service.
Her Royal Highness and the Venerable Timothy Lowes, who officiated at the service.
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There I delivered a short message to her Royal Highness from the South African Legion of Military Veterans. She is a very natural, friendly person and I wish I'd had the chance to have a longer chat with her (Royal Highness).
Anne  the Princess Royal of Britain and the Isles.
Anne, the Princess Royal of Britain and the Isles.
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