Princess Anne to visit Rutland Water and Active Rutland Hub during visit

HRH Princess Anne during her visit to Rutland Water Sailability in 2008.''''Photo: Oliver Wilson
HRH Princess Anne during her visit to Rutland Water Sailability in 2008.''''Photo: Oliver Wilson
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Princess Anne will make a special visit to Rutland next month.

During her visit on Monday, July 20, the Princess Royal, will visit Rutland Water and the new Active Rutland Hub, formerly Ashwell Prison.

The Lord Lieutenant of Rutland, Dr Laurence Howard, said: “It is a tremendous honour to once again welcome The Princess Royal to Rutland. I am delighted that she has chosen to return to our wonderful county and very much look forward to this special day.”

Princess Anne is president of the Royal Yachting Association and during her visit to Rutland Water, she will attend the International Sailing Federation’s team racing world championship, which takes place at Rutland Sailing Club from July 19 to 24.

She will also attend a reception to mark the 20th anniversary of the founding of Rutland Sailability. She has previously met members of the disabled sailing group when she visited Rutland Water in 2008.

Active Rutland Hub is a new gymnasium at the former Ashwell Prison. It has not yet been officially opened but a free family fun day will be held tomorrow (Saturday) from 11am to 3pm for people to get a first glimpse at the new facilities, which include a three-court sports hall, multi-purpose studio and an artificial outdoor turf pitch.

Further details and indicative timings of the visit will be released nearer the time and details published on the Rutland County Council website.

The princess is a regular visitor to the county and was last in the area when she visited troops at Kendrew Barracks in February.