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Princess Anne in Suffolk - royal visitor makes several stops throughout county

PUBLISHED: 18:05 12 November 2019 | UPDATED: 09:46 13 November 2019

HRH Anne, Princess Royal visited Livability Icanho in Stowmarket on her visit to Suffolk  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

HRH Anne, Princess Royal visited Livability Icanho in Stowmarket on her visit to Suffolk Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

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The red carpet was rolled out throughout Suffolk as the Princess Royal visited organisations in the county as part of a whistlestop tour.

HRH Anne, Princess Royal, unveiling a new plaque for the firm's new digitech centre Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNHRH Anne, Princess Royal, unveiling a new plaque for the firm's new digitech centre Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Princess Anne made stops in Newmarket, Stowmarket and Martlesham where she delivered the royal seal of approval to a range of new facilities.

In Stowmarket, Princess Anne was taken on a tour of rehabilitation centre Livability Icanho, which specialises in the recovery of those who have suffered brain injuries.

The organisation's new equipment, including a Vector body weight support system, was demonstrated by patients at Livability for the Princess Royal.

Dr Rosemary Gravell, service manager, said: "We're particularly pleased Princess Anne came to raise awareness of the impact of acquired brain injuries.

Professor Helen Langton presenting a book to
  HRH Anne,Princess Royal Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNProfessor Helen Langton presenting a book to HRH Anne,Princess Royal Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

"She was able to celebrate the excellent rehabilitation services we have here, and help us to launch our new equipment."

Lisa Hemsley, assistant director of fundraising at Livability, added: "We're super honoured that Princess Anne has visited as she is a great supporter of our charity.

"Princess Anne coming to Icanho shines a light on it as a specialist centre for brain injuries in Suffolk."

Travelling around Suffolk by helicopter, Princess Anne soon left Stowmarket to visit BT's headquarters in Adastral Park in Martlesham.

HRH Anne, Princess Royal visiting BT Adastral Park   Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNHRH Anne, Princess Royal visiting BT Adastral Park Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Adastral Park was previously opened by the Queen, Princess Anne's mother, in 1975.

Princess Anne was invited by BT to give her royal blessing to the firm's new £9.6 million digitech centre, a joint venture with the University of Suffolk.

She unveiled a plaque commemorating the opening of the new facilities, which Professor Mohammad Dastbaz, the university's deputy vice-chancellor, says will benefit thousands of students.

Prof Dastbaz said: "We've created state-of-the-art facilities here. We want this to be a national and international facility.

Professor Tim Whitley with HRH Anne, Princess Royal   Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNProfessor Tim Whitley with HRH Anne, Princess Royal Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

"It's a great recognition that Princess Anne was here to visit."

Lisa Perkins, director of Adastral Park, added: "We feel very privileged and honoured that Princess Anne visited."
As a passionate follower of horse racing, the Princess also visited Newmarket to formally open Summerhill House, charity Racing Welfare's new £3.5 million accommodation, earlier in the day.

Princess Anne acts as Racing Welfare's president alongside her royal duties.

Dawn Goodfellow, chief executive of Racing Welfare, said: "We are immensely proud of the project and were delighted to welcome Her Royal Highness on a tour the building during of her visit."

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