Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Citizens Get Thumbs-Up from Princess

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Citizens Get Thumbs-Up from Princess

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Byline: Katie Collings Reporter

PRINCESS Anne paid a visit to a Newcastle library and thanked the staff for their hard work in an organisation close to her heart.

The Princess Royal made was at the City Library yesterday to meet volunteers of Citizens Advice Newcastle, which recently relocated into the building, and also the Lord Mayor of Newcastle Coun Hazel Stephenson.

The Queen's daughter has been patron of Citizen's Advice since 1990. Her Royal Highness was also there to visit an exhibition which celebrates the 800th anniversary of the Mayoralty and Freemen of Newcastle.

Spectators gathered outside of the closed library with camera phones hoping to catch a glimpse of the Princess inside but tight security ensured that the visit went off without a hitch and in private.

Police dogs scoured the building and the surrounding areas before the arrival of the princess.

Pulling up in a Land Rover Discovery, Princess Anne was greeted by the Lord Mayor, chief executive of Citizens Advice Newcastle Shona Alexander and Newcastle MP Chi Onwurah.

Flanked by security guards, the princess was ushered around the building, speaking to all staff members along the way.

As she was cutting a celebration cake, Her Royal Highness joked to the library staff: "I'm only doing this on the basis that you are going to eat it!" While viewing the exhibition, the princess, mum to horsewoman Zara Tindall, could be heard asking the Lord Mayor lots of questions.

She was then presented with a bunch of flowers by children from Hadrian School and proclaimed: "Well, aren't they nice."

Before she left the library, Princess Anne was presented with a book on The History of Newcastle, written by local author and TV presenter John Grundy, by Lord Mayor Coun Stephenson.

Speaking just before her exit, the Princess Royal said: "Thank you very much for your presentation and thank you for your support in terms of the way you use the space in the library here to bring so many people together and particularly to the benefit of the Citizens Advice Bureau and all those who come here. …

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