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Princess Anne tours Medway Maritime Hospital

Princess Anne received a warm welcome as she toured Medway Maritime Hospital.

A Strood schoolgirl presented Her Royal Highness with a posy and a big smile.

Nine-year-old Freya presented Princess Anne with a posy at Medway Maritime Hospital(24075486)
Nine-year-old Freya presented Princess Anne with a posy at Medway Maritime Hospital(24075486)
HRH The Princess Royal is met by the Vice-Lord Lieutenant of Kent Richard Oldfield at Medway Maritime Hospital Picture: Chris Davey
HRH The Princess Royal is met by the Vice-Lord Lieutenant of Kent Richard Oldfield at Medway Maritime Hospital Picture: Chris Davey

The Princess arrived at around 2pm this afternoon after touring Maidstone Hospital.

A blacked out vehicle drove her to the hospital in Windmill Road, Gillingham.

She wore a red double breasted jacket and a dark tartan skirt.

Princess Anne was met by the Vice-Lord Lieutenant of Kent Richard Oldfield and the Mayor of Medway, Councillor Habib Tejan (Con).

She was there to visit staff working in the emergency department and maternity unit. She is patron of the Royal College of Midwives and Royal College of Emergency Medicine.

HRH The Princess Royal with James Devine, Chief Executive, at Medway Maritime Hospital Picture: Chris Davey
HRH The Princess Royal with James Devine, Chief Executive, at Medway Maritime Hospital Picture: Chris Davey
HRH The Princess Royal meets Mayor of Medway Cllr Habib Tejan, Stephen Clark, Chairman of the Medway NHS Trust and James Devine, Chief Executiveat Medway Maritime Hospital on Wednesday afternoon. Picture: Chris Davey.
HRH The Princess Royal meets Mayor of Medway Cllr Habib Tejan, Stephen Clark, Chairman of the Medway NHS Trust and James Devine, Chief Executiveat Medway Maritime Hospital on Wednesday afternoon. Picture: Chris Davey.

The trust's chief James Devine greeted the midwifery patron and guided her into the reception area.

He said: “We were delighted and proud to welcome The Princess Royal to our hospital.

"It has been a fantastic 12 months for the Trust.

"Phase one of the development of our new £11.5million Emergency Department development was completed last year.

"Phase two is due to be completed shortly, and phase three will begin in April 2020.

Princess Anne meets the staff working in Medway Maritime Hospital's emergency department (24075490)
Princess Anne meets the staff working in Medway Maritime Hospital's emergency department (24075490)
The midwives shake hands with Princess Anne on her visit to Medway Maritime Hospital (24075505)
The midwives shake hands with Princess Anne on her visit to Medway Maritime Hospital (24075505)

“In March this year, our midwives won the coveted Midwifery Services of the Year at the Royal College of Midwives Awards.

"We have a lot to be proud of! "

Two plaques were unveiled to commemorate her visit.

Her Royal Highness was then presented with flowers by nine-year-old Freya Webb, who goes to Cedar Academy, Strood and is the granddaughter of one of the midwives.

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