HRH The Princess Royal visits Swansea
3.20pm update: THE fine weather gave Swansea bay a regal look as the Princess Royal paid a visit to the 360 water sports centre.
The Princess stopped off at the year-old attraction on the beach front opposite St Helen’s today as part of a whistle-stop tour of the city.
Pupils from nearby Christchurch Primary School were invited to sample a range of sports from volleyball to beach rugby while invited guests lined up to meet the princess.
Professor Noel Thompson, pro vice chancellor of Swansea University, which runs the facility in partnership with Bay Leisure, said: “We are absolutely delighted that the Princess Royal has visited the water sports centre and even more delighted that we had the weather right.”
Of the facility he added: “It’s looking absolutely splendid. It has been running 12 months and is running extremely well and has seen around 120,000 users. It’s a super addition to our sporting facilities.”
Maisie Evans, aged 9, who presented the Princess Royal with a bunch of flowers, said: “I was really excited to meet her. I had never met a real princess before.”
Thomas Ross-Evans, aged 9, who also met the princess said: “I was very excited. She asked me if I liked playing beach volleyball and I said yes.”
Byron D Lewis, the Lord Lieutenant of West Glamorgan, who accompanied the Princess on her visit, said: “It’s been a wonderful day, the visit was a great success.
“We have been blessed with wonderful weather to enjoy the 360 water sports centre.
“She was interested in engaging with everyone. The reception by the children was wonderful.”
The princess then called in at the Wales National Pool to unveil a plaque to mark its 10th birthday and to meet various groups who used the Sketty Lane facility.
Former Welsh captain Paul Thorburn, who met the royal on behalf of Sports Wales, said: “I felt that she was genuinely interested in talking to people and hearing about the development of the bay area.”
10.30am update: SWANSEA youngsters have been given the royal seal of approval by HRH The Princess Royal.
Princess Anne has this morning paid a visit to Oystermouth Castle.
She was greeted by hundreds of schoolchildren waving Welsh flags and Union Jacks.
Whitestone Primary headteacher Bethan Peterson said their pupils were delighted to be able to greet the Princess.
"We walked down from the school," she said.
"But we would have come down whatever the weather was, but we are delighted it is sunny."
Oystermouth Primary teacher Gaynor Jeffries said it was a wonderful occasion.
"They all dressed up as princesses and knights and were all very excited," she said.
The Princess Royal is also visiting the 360 Beach and Watersports Centre and Wales National Pool Swansea. Check back this afternoon for all the updates and pictures.