The Princess Royal visits Fire-Ravaged Towns in Victoria

  February 23, 2009 at 4:03 am by

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As Queen Elizabeth II’s representative, the Princess Royal today visited survivors of the Black Saturday bushfires in Wandong, north of Melbourne.

Anne visited Wandong’s fire station, primary school and a relief centre where she spoke with those who lost their homes in the fires, along with the brave CFA firefighters who helped to extinguish the inferno.

Following her visit to Wandong, Princess Anne was scheduled to visit one of the worst-hit areas in the region; but media were not permitted to accompany her due to the coroner’s inquiry.

Yesterday, the Princess attended the memorial service at Rod Laver Arena (see this blog entry) and then spent time at the Victorian Incident Emergency Control Centre.

The Princess Royal was so deeply moved upon hearing the survivors’ stories and of their loss, that she has pledged to make a personal donation to the Red Cross appeal.

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