Princess Anne visit marks 450 years of RGS Worcester's royal approval

A VISIT by a princess ensured a Worcester school celebrated 450 years of royal approval in style yesterday.

Princess Anne visited RGS Worcester to mark the 450th anniversary of the school’s first Royal Charter – granted by Queen Elizabeth I in 1561.

After arriving by helicopter on the school’s nearby playing field in Flag Meadow Walk, the Princess Royal was greeted by Cdr J M Shorrocks before being welcomed to the school by headmaster Andy Rattue, along with the High Sheriff of Worcestershire Lady Rosalind Morrison, the Mayor of Worcester Councillor Dr David Tibbutt and Mayoress Jane Tibbutt, managing director of Worcester City Council Duncan Sharkey and Worcester MP Robin Walker.

During her visit, the Princess met the school’s head boy and girl, who told her about the history of the school and its recent merger with the neighbouring Alice Ottley School.

Afterwards, the Princess – wearing a green overcoat with black velvet trim and a bright scarlet scarf – was shown an Alice Ottleians and Old Elizabethans’ Association Display and an exhibition about charity fund-raising. The Princess Royal was later given a presentation about the school’s Black Pear tree – the famous symbol of Worcestershire after which she unveiled a plaque commemorating her visit and the anniversary.

Her visit culminated with an inspection of the RGS Worcester Combined Cadet Force down Long Walk. Here she stopped to talk to many of the cadets who found her easy to engage with and was interested in the adventurous activities they did within the CCF. Princess Anne also remarked to Cdr Shorrocks upon how well turned out the cadets were and that he should be rightly proud of each and every one of them.