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Day of contrasts ahead for the Princess Royal


A day of contrasts awaits the Princess Royal when she arrives in the Isle of Man this morning.


A hectic schedule will take the royal visitor from Santon in the south of the Island to Jurby in the north - via St John's in the centre and Peel in the west!


Princess Anne's tour is described as semi-private and security will be unobtrusive - but local well-wishers are expected to come out and greet her during the day.


The princess royal is due to arrive at just after 1030 at her first port of call, the Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture HQ in St John's.


She'll hear first-hand the effects of the big snow last march on the farming community.


And after a presentation on Manx bees, the princess will be offered a taste of authentic Manx food and drink from local producers.


Then it's on to St German's in Peel for a briefing on the cathedral development plan and £10 million public appeal of which she's agreed to be patron. The royal party is due to arrive at midday.


Next the Princess heads north for a private visit, to the prison at Jurby.


Princess Anne rounds-off her day in Santon where she's due to arrive at 2.30pm, to perform the official opening of Ballavartyn Equestrian Centre, a lavish purpose-built complex which includes an Olympic size indoor arena.   

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