THE Princess Royal made a surprise flying visit to Brentwood School today (Thursday) – the School’s second royal visitor in a year.
Staff and pupils lined the Princess Royal’s route through the School grounds before she was greeted by Headmaster Mr Ian Davies and student Head of School Lauren Tai.
The Princess Royal thanked the Headmaster for allowing the School’s First XI cricket square to be commandeered as an impromptu helipad. Mr Davies assured her the School did not worry too much about the grass at this time of the year.
Princess Anne also asked about the size of the historic School which sits on a 72-acre campus. Mr Davies pointed out the Brentwood Pre-Preparatory and Preparatory Schools situated just across Middleton Hall Lane.
The royal guest, who was accompanied by Lord Petre, the Lord-Lieutenant of Essex and the Queen's official representative in the county, gave a quick wave before flying off in the maroon helicopter of The Queen’s Helicopter Flight.
Mr Davies said it was an honour for the School to welcome its second royal visitor in a year. Last November the Princess Royal’s brother, the Earl of Wessex, officially opened the School’s new Sixth Form Centre and Wessex Auditorium.
The Princess Royal had earlier been in Brentwood visiting the Save the Children shop, in the Baytree Shopping Centre, where she met volunteers in her capacity as president of the charity.