[27 March, Freiston, Lincs] In her role as Royal Patron of the Butler Trust, HRH The Princess Royal makes a number of visits to prisons, probation and youth justice settings each year, to see first hand some of the outstanding work taking place throughout the sector. This time it was the turn of HMP North Sea Camp.
This was the first time The Princess had visited the establishment (a rarity as she has visited most prisons during the 33 years she has been our Patron). She started off at the farm, where she was greeted by 2017-18 Commendee Andrew Wright, and his rare breed pigs and sheep. From there, she visited industries, an accommodation unit, the gym – where she also met Safer Custody staff, including 2016-17 winner Annette Duckham – and education, before heading off to the chapel for a reception during which she met staff from all parts of the prison. And although her arrival was delayed by the weather, The Princess extended her visit beyond her scheduled departure, to ensure she didn’t miss anyone out
At the end of the visit, the Governor, Michelle Quirke, thanked The Princess for coming and invited her to unveil a plaque commemorating the occasion. In true Butler Trust tradition, she also presented HRH with some chocolate brownies (baked by her husband) for the journey home!