Royal watch news: Princess Anne in Kingston

The newborn Prince George made his public debut with his mother, The Duchess of Cambridge, outside St Mary's Hospital in July. Photo: Chistopher Neve, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

The newborn Prince George made his public debut with his mother, The Duchess of Cambridge, outside St Mary’s Hospital in July. Photo: Chistopher Neve, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

The headline is your warning: if you detest the House of Windsor and the attention they get, avert your eyes!

Of course, the big royal news this week was the christening ceremony for 3-month-old Prince George. While it was relatively small and private, there were a wealth of before and after photos, including a semi-historic photo of Queen Elizabeth II with her son, grandson and great-grandson – a generational spread last seen under Queen Victoria.

Not surprisingly, they all looked smashing. Best of all (to me anyway) is how happy mom and dad appeared in a very human circle: doting parents and a warmly awaited first child.

One cannot have a small, intimate christening if every uncle, aunt, cousin and sundry stands in attendance. So this time around, they did not.

HRH Princess Anne. Photo: University of the Highlands and Islands, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

HRH Princess Anne. Photo: University of the Highlands and Islands, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Indeed, the Princess Royal, Princess Anne was carrying on with the work of ceremonial appearances in Ontario, As reported by Canada.com’s Ruth Dunley (with photos and videos in the Ottawa Citizen):

On the day of the christening, the princess journeyed to CFB Borden, near Alliston, Ontario, where she met with various military personnel and presented the Royal Canadian Medical Service with “The Princess Royal’s Banner” — only the third time such a banner has been presented to the Canadian Armed Forces — to recognize the Service’s contributions in Afghanistan.

“Within the Canadian Forces, the medical service suffered the highest number of casualties and personnel killed in action after the Combat Arms,” Princess Anne said, according to a CTV News report. “And many of our members continue to suffer mentally.”

The Princess Royal’s visit came to Kingston on Thursday, where small crowds endured cold temperatures to mark her visit. Michael Lea covered the visit for the Kingston Whig Standard, and there’s more on schedule for today:

On Friday, Princess Anne will present a royal banner to the communications and electronics branch during a 110th anniversary parade at the Garrison Gym Field House on the base at 9:45 a.m. That is on the north side of Hwy. 2, across from the Royal Military College. At 2:25 p.m., she will view displays by various units of the branch, showing the past, present and future of military communications in Canada. That is on the McNaughton parade square, also on the north side of Hwy. 2.

You can find more images of the Princess Royal’s appearances in Kingston at the British Monarchy’s Twitter account.

It’s not all glitter and cocktails. Sometimes it’s just long hours traveling around the world to appear as symbols of continuity while highlighting the service of others.

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