Royal visit for RAF base

Visit of HRH Princess Anne to RAF Fylingdales 09/03/2011
Visit of HRH Princess Anne to RAF Fylingdales 09/03/2011

RAF Fylingdales welcomed royalty on Wednesday to open the base’s new combined mess.

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal formally opened the £12.5m mess, which has been built to the highest standards of energy conservation, after undertaking a grand tour of the early warning station.

Princess Anne, whose daughter Zara is to wed international rugby star Mike Tindall this summer, arrived just before 9.30am in the Queen’s helicopter, accompanied by a lady in waiting and her personal protection officer.

She also met 100 of the station’s personnel - a complete cross-section of those who work at RAF Fylingdales, including RAF personnel, MoD Police and Guard Service, Civil Servants, MoD Fire Service and Contractors from Serco, Turners, BAES and Carillion-Enterprise.

Squadron leader Ian Wright said: “Her Royal Highness was extremely engaging and interested and spoke to every person present before officially unveiling a commemorative plaque.

“HRH The Princess Royal left a very positive deep and lasting impression on the personnel of RAF Fylingdales.”

Sqn Ldr Wright added the new mess represents a massive improvement in the accommodation provision at RAF Fylingdales and is a great leap forward, particularly for the junior ranks.

See Tuesday’s Whitby Gazette for more pictures and reaction from the visit.