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Royal Visitor

Princess Anne visited Dunfermline Abbey, Monday 20th March 2006. During her visit, the Princess took the chance to learn about the city`s strong ties with St Margaret as part of her role as patron of the Margaret Chapel Guild.

She was greeted on the steps of Dunfermline Abbey by Fife`s Lord Lieutenant, Margaret Dean, before meeting dignitaries and touring the historic building.

Abbey Church minister the Rev Alastair Jessamine showed the Princess the Margaret window and the tomb of Robert the Bruce before she signed the Guest book.
Mr Jessamine said "funnily enough, she has come to the Abbey during the week when we will be celebrating the 700th Anniversary of the enthronement of Robert the Bruce.

She was very interested and spent a considerable amount of time in the Abbey church, which surprised me. I thought it would be a matter of pointing out a few items."

Above Session Clerk Angus Hogg, his wife Rachael and elder Stuart Arnott, Alastair Jessamine and his wife, Eleanor were presented to Her Royal Highness. The Princess also met Fife Council Chief Executive Douglas Sinclair, Scott Barrie MSP, Willie Rennie MP and Deputy Chief Constable Norma Graham.

After taking a 15 minute break for refreshments in the Vestry, the Princess walked through the graveyard where she paused by St Margaret`s shrine on her way to Abbot House.

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