Princess Royal welcomed to West Northamptonshire

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15 September 2021

Photo of The Princess Royal, the Lord Lieutenant and Neelam Aggarwal-SinghNorthamptonshire's Lord Lieutenant accompanied Her Royal Highness during the visit

West Northamptonshire welcomed Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal yesterday as she carried out a series of visits in Northampton.

During the day, she officially opened the new £2.9 million Paediatric Emergency Department at Northampton General Hospital.

“This is a fantastic new facility for our hospital, which will help us to deliver emergency paediatric care in a supportive and dedicated environment.

“Coming into hospital, especially in an emergency, can be a frightening experience for children and their families.

“These new child friendly facilities will help us to provide compassionate and sensitive emergency care for children and adolescents. It also means our hard-working staff have a much-improved working environment.

“We are deeply honoured that The Princess Royal visited Northampton General Hospital to open our paediatric emergency department. This was a great morale boost for staff in the department, and indeed the whole hospital, especially following the challenges of the Covid pandemic.”
Heidi Smoult, Northampton General Hospital Chief Executive

Her Royal Highness also paid a visit to The Bee Hive at Northgate School Arts College, which provides sixth form education for people with special educational needs.

And she attended a special celebration for the 25th anniversary of the Indian Hindu Welfare Organisation (IHWO) and the fifth anniversary of its Chai & Chat ladies’ group.

“This visit means so much for us as an organisation - it is another significant event in the 25-year-journey of IHWO to welcome HRH The Princess Royal to Northampton and it is our way to show our appreciation to our volunteers for their hard work and dedication.”Neelam Aggarwal-Singh, Chairperson of IHWO
“It is always an honour and a privilege to welcome a member of the Royal Family to our beautiful county.

“It was clear how much it meant to everyone who met Her Royal Highness during the visit, and it was my great delight to play host for the day.”
James Saunders Watson, HM Northamptonshire Lord Lieutenant