The Princess Royal joins the WI in Cheltenham

Anne, the Princess Royal, enjoys meeting WI members, at Cheltenham Town Hall.

Anne, the Princess Royal, enjoys meeting WI members, at Cheltenham Town Hall. - Credit: Thousand Word Media

Princess Anne attends the Gloucestershire Federation of WI’s Annual Council Meeting

Princess Anne, Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, was the special guest at the Gloucestershire Federation of WI’s Annual Council Meeting, held at Cheltenham Town Hall in March.

Around 350 members from the 130 WI branches around Gloucestershire, and visiting guests from other counties, attended the day-long event. The Princess Royal, who drove herself to Cheltenham, is herself an Associate Member of the WI, and was clearly delighted to meet and chat with a selection of Cotswold members during her visit, accompanied by Janice Cole, chairman of the Gloucestershire Federation. She also listened to a talk by Jennifer Wearden, from the Victoria and Albert Museum, on Sustainability and Fashion.

In the afternoon, the speaker was Mary-Jess Leaverland, from Gloucester, who won the Chinese version of X Factor (Min Xing Chang Fan Tian), after competing live on Chinese television every night for three weeks.

Anne, the Princess Royal, enjoys meeting Gloucestershire WI members, at Cheltenham Town Hall.

Anne, the Princess Royal, enjoys meeting Gloucestershire WI members, at Cheltenham Town Hall. - Credit: Thousand Word Media

Anne, the Princess Royal, enjoys meeting WI members, when visits the Gloucestershire Federation of W

Anne, the Princess Royal, enjoys meeting WI members, when visits the Gloucestershire Federation of WIs Annual Council Meeting, at Cheltenham Town Hall. - Credit: Thousand Word Media

Emma Willis, the renowned shirt maker, looking on as Anne, the Princess Royal, enjoys meeting WI mem

Emma Willis, the renowned shirt maker, looking on as Anne, the Princess Royal, enjoys meeting WI members. - Credit: Thousand Word Media

Janice Cole, left, Federation Chairman, accompanies Anne, the Princess Royal, meeting WI members.

Janice Cole, left, Federation Chairman, accompanies Anne, the Princess Royal, meeting WI members. - Credit: Thousand Word Media

Janice Cole, Federation Chairman, accompanies Anne, the Princess Royal, as she spots some WI jams, w

Janice Cole, Federation Chairman, accompanies Anne, the Princess Royal, as she spots some WI jams, when visits the Gloucestershire Federation of WIs, at Cheltenham Town Hall. - Credit: Thousand Word Media

Anne, the Princess Royal, meeting WI members, Clare Slatter, Shari Cole and Emma Nash, when visits t

Anne, the Princess Royal, meeting WI members, Clare Slatter, Shari Cole and Emma Nash, when visits the Gloucestershire Federation of WIs, at Cheltenham Town Hall. - Credit: Thousand Word Media

Anne, the Princess Royal, meeting WI members, Clare Slatter, Shari Cole and Emma Nash, when visits t

Anne, the Princess Royal, meeting WI members, Clare Slatter, Shari Cole and Emma Nash, when visits the Gloucestershire Federation of WIs, at Cheltenham Town Hall. - Credit: Thousand Word Media

Liz Goldie, treasurer of the Gloucestershire Federation of WIs, Janice Cole, chairman, and Lindsay G

Liz Goldie, treasurer of the Gloucestershire Federation of WIs, Janice Cole, chairman, and Lindsay Gow, secretary. - Credit: Thousand Word Media

Anne, the Princess Royal, enjoys meeting WI members.

Anne, the Princess Royal, enjoys meeting WI members. - Credit: Thousand Word Media

Anne, the Princess Royal, enjoys meeting WI members.

Anne, the Princess Royal, enjoys meeting WI members. - Credit: Thousand Word Media

Anne, the Princess Royal, enjoys meeting WI members, at Cheltenham Town Hall.

Anne, the Princess Royal, enjoys meeting WI members, at Cheltenham Town Hall. - Credit: Thousand Word Media

Around 350 members from 130 Gloucestershire WI branches at The Gloucestershire Federation of WIs Ann

Around 350 members from 130 Gloucestershire WI branches at The Gloucestershire Federation of WIs Annual Council Meeting, at Cheltenham Town Hall. - Credit: Thousand Word Media

Ann Scott and Patricia Beard.

Ann Scott and Patricia Beard. - Credit: Thousand Word Media

Jacqui Woodhouse, Mary Day, and Margaret Simcock.

Jacqui Woodhouse, Mary Day, and Margaret Simcock. - Credit: Thousand Word Media

Jennifer Wearden, guest speaker from the Victoria and Albert Museum, and Emma Corfield, Deputy Lieut

Jennifer Wearden, guest speaker from the Victoria and Albert Museum, and Emma Corfield, Deputy Lieutenant of Gloucestershire , also known as Emma Willis, the renowned shirt maker. - Credit: Thousand Word Media

Mary Jess, the Gloucestershire singer who won the Chinese X-Factor, and a speaker at the WI Council

Mary Jess, the Gloucestershire singer who won the Chinese X-Factor, and a speaker at the WI Council meeting. - Credit: Thousand Word Media

Vivien Sandham, Diana Le Clair, and May Cooper.

Vivien Sandham, Diana Le Clair, and May Cooper. - Credit: Thousand Word Media

Vivien Phelps and Phyllis Woolnough.

Vivien Phelps and Phyllis Woolnough. - Credit: Thousand Word Media

Sara Jefferies and Karen Hudleston, selling raffle tickets.

Sara Jefferies and Karen Hudleston, selling raffle tickets. - Credit: Thousand Word Media

Kath Delaney and Mary Lees.

Kath Delaney and Mary Lees. - Credit: Thousand Word Media

Joy Mills and Ann Apperley.

Joy Mills and Ann Apperley. - Credit: Thousand Word Media

The signature of Anne, the Princess Royal, after visiting the Gloucestershire Federation of WIs Annu

The signature of Anne, the Princess Royal, after visiting the Gloucestershire Federation of WIs Annual Council Meeting, at Cheltenham Town Hall. - Credit: Thousand Word Media