Princess Anne’s first thought when she flew in by helicopter to the King’s School for her trip to Cheshire was for the hair styles of the students who were there to greet her.
Kate Marsh, 17, from Macclesfield said: “She said she was surprised anyone had turned up to meet her during half term and that she hoped my hair hadn’t been ruined by the helicopter.”
Kate, who wants to study English Literature at Cambridge, said: “I told her not to worry about my hair and that I would not have missed the opportunity.” Kate added: “It was a real honour and it was wonderful to see someone of such standing taking such an interest in the local community.”
The Princess Royal flew into King’s Westminster Road playing fields prior to opening the new Fermain Academy in Macclesfield, then returning to fly on to Crewe to open a new confectionary line at Wright’s Foods and a new production line at Bentley.
King’s Headmaster Dr. Simon Hyde said: “Her Royal Highness was not too concerned about my hair, but she did want to know what activities the school was doing through half term and I was able to briefly tell her about our Sixth Form exchange trip to Germany, the Year 11 trip to Paris and the Duke of Edinburgh’s awards student expeditions in Yorkshire.”
It is the third time the Royal Flight has used the King’s Westminster Road playing fields in the last decade with Prince Edward, his wife Sophie the Countess of Wessex and Princess Anne all previously landing on what are normally rugby and cricket pitches on their trips to Macclesfield.
Dr. Hyde added: “Of course one of the biggest days in the King’s School’s history was the special visit of the Queen to help us celebrate our Quincentenary in 2002.”
Daniel Crosby, 17, from Congleton, who wants to read Medicine at Oxford and was also in the party of students greeting the Princes Anne, said: “I will remember this day for the rest of my life and I feel deeply honoured to have been chosen to represent the school.”
Michael Abrahamse,17, from Tytherington, who wants to study Maths next year, but has not decided where, added: “She is so hard working. She had three official functions for Monday, and apparently maintains that level of work day in day out, and what concerned her most was hair styles. It was a lovely moment for us all.”