ROYAL VISIT EXCLUSIVE: Wisbech prepares to welcome the Princess Royal

THE Princess Royal is due to visit Wisbech next month to officially open the new education centre and library at the Octavia Hill Birthplace House in South Brink.

The House has recently completed a major building programme, restoring the Georgian Grade II listed building to its original size and adding the new education centre, tea room and gift shop.

The House is the only museum that tells the story of social reformer Octavia Hill (1838-1912). Its displays demonstrate this remarkable woman’s fight against poverty and disease and her quest to bring peace and beauty into the lives of ordinary people.

The opening ceremony on Tuesday April 12 will be part of a busy day for Princess Anne in the eastern counties.

She is also due to open new facilities at The British Racing School in Newmarket, and open the garden area at the Felixstowe Seafarers Centre.


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Octavia Hill is considered to be the founder of modern social work, she was a pioneer of affordable housing and was both an artist and a radical.

The Princess has pursued a busy schedule of engagements since 1969, at one time she took the accolade of being the busiest royal.

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As well as carrying out engagements in support of The Queen, she works on behalf of a many organisations, including Riding for the Disabled, Save the Children, and The Princess Royal’s Trust for Carers.

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