Princess Anne to attend Cathedral carol service

HRH The Princess Royal will be visiting Lincoln next week to attend the Townswomen’s Guild’s Northern National Carol Service, held at Lincoln Cathedral.

Princess Anne is Patron of the Townswomen Guild (TG), which is the UK biggest female campaign group, and has been for 30 years.

Prior to the service on December 13, Princess Anne will meet various figures from TG, before The Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire Tony Worth formally welcomes her to Lincoln.

Figures include the National Chairman of TG Pauline Myers, Dean of Lincoln The Very Reverend Philip Buckler, High Sheriff Robin Battle, Chief Constable Richard Crompton, County Council Chairman Cllr Neil Cooper, Mayor of Lincoln Kath Brothwell, Sheriff Robin Renshaw, Lincoln MP Karl McCartney and three of the Lord Lieutenant’s Cadets.

After the service, HRH will sign the cathedral’s visitor’s book and then be presented with a posy in the TG colours of green, white and violet. This symbolises women being given the right to vote.

The posy presentation will be by Barbara Howie, the Chairman of the Central Lincolnshire Federation of Townswomen’s Guilds and a member of Lincoln Minster TG, who met the princess earlier this year.

She is delighted that Princess Anne accepted the invitation: “The Princess was very interested to hear about Lincoln and the Cathedral in particular so I’m very pleased she is coming to experience its splendour for herself and am most honoured to be presenting the posy.”

As well as the carol service, Princess Anne will return to Lincoln in the new year to formally open the new School of Engineering at the University of Lincoln.

Tickets to the service cost £5, and are available to Guild members only.

Source: Townswomen Guild