Princess Anne has been showing off some stunning looks in recent weeks and she topped them all on a special trip to France this week to honour the many brave soldiers who put their lives on the line during World War I and II.
The Princess Royal opted for a very bright magenta colour for the opening of a new Commonwealth War Graves Commission visitor centre in the city of Beaurains, matching the beautiful and bold dress with a purple patterned scarf.
Standing tall in black heels, the Queen’s daughter paired the outfit with a red lip and accessorised with simple gold, dangly earrings and a thin necklace.
For the past 100 years the Commonwealth War Graves Commission has aimed to honour the fallen men and women through the construction of 2,500 war cemeteries and plots around the world.
“One of it’s guiding principles is that each of the war dead should be commemorated by name on a headstone or memorial,” the royal family wrote on Instagram. “And that no distinction should be made on account of military rank, race or creed.”
The royal family took to social media to share a number of images from the trip showing the beautiful royal greeting young children at the new facility. Anne looked stunning with a bunch of pink and white flowers in her hand.
Meanwhile, the commission itself also shared some snaps from the day and revealed what visitors can expect, should they visit the centre.
“Visitors will get an in-depth look at the work the commission does to commemorate the 1.7 million Commonwealth casualties from the First and Second World Wars,” the post on Instagram read.
“As well as the history of the commission, visitors will learn about the process of finding, recovering and burying the dead as well as the methods of identification. They’ll also get a detailed look at the work of our skilled artisan craftsmen who work tirelessly to maintain some of the world’s most impressive and recognisable monuments and memorials.”
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The Commonwealth War Graves Commission are pleased to announce the unveiling of their new visitors centre: the CWGC Experience. The CWGC Experience was unveiled today by HRH The Princess Royal in a ceremony at the new visitors centre in Beaurains, France. The ceremony was also attended by CWGC Vice-Chairman Sir Tim Laurence, CWGC Director General Victoria Wallace, Her Majesty's Ambassador to France, His Excellency Lord Llewellyn of Steep, the Préfet du Pas-de-Calais, Monsieur Fabien Sudry and various CWGC staff members. The CWGC Experience will open to the public tomorrow (26 June) and will give visitors an up close and intimate look behind the scenes at the teams who still work painstakingly to care for the fallen. Visitors will get an in-depth look at the work the Commission does to commemorate the 1.7 million Commonwealth casualties from the First and Second World Wars. As well as the history of the Commission, visitors will learn about the process of finding, recovering and burying the dead as well as the methods of identification. They’ll also get a detailed look at the work of our skilled artisan craftsmen who work tirelessly to maintain some of the world’s most impressive and recognisable monuments and memorials.
Anne has since been praised by royal fans for her hard work and complimented on her outfit choice for the important event.
“The amazing Princess Anne. I’ve watched her, followed her, admired her since I was a little girl, just a few years younger than her,” one person wrote on Instagram. “Nothing has changed. I still think she is superb. Her sense of duty and her balance with private life and privacy, remains an awe-inspiring achievement in my mind. She’s just incredible.”
Another added: “Beautiful pictures of Her Royal Highness. A lovely, hard working lady.”
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The Princess Royal yesterday visited the @commonwealthwargraves Commission in Beaurains, France, where Her Royal Highness opened the Commission’s new visitor centre, the CWGC Experience. #DYK there are approximately 60 discoveries of World War remains each year? The Princess was briefed on how bodies are recovered, identified and reburied before viewing tools, mechanics, carpentry and headstone production workshops. See our story for more.
While a third said: “Absolutely Beautiful!! Looks so elegant!”