PRINCESS Anne paid a visit to Thornbury on Tuesday.

HRH The Princess Royal visited Citizens Advice South Gloucestershire, being a patron of the national charity.

She was greeted by the chair of Citizens Advice South Gloucestershire, Alan Hemingway, the Mayor of Thornbury, Cllr Shirley Holloway and the Deputy Lord-Lieutenant for Gloucestershire, Robert Bernays OBE.

HRH then met Chantal Watts, general manager, and Rebecca Brown, development manager of Citizens Advice South Gloucestershire to discuss the needs of local people and the challenges faced by the charity.

Her Royal Highness was then introduced to advisers Yvonne Parks and Marion Straker and to some of their clients who talked about the difference the service had made to their lives.

She also met volunteers, fundraisers and supporters of the charity.

Chantal Watts said: “The visit from HRH The Princess Royal was a fantastic opportunity to showcase the dedication of our team who work so hard making a real difference to the lives of South Gloucestershire residents.”

At a full council meeting on Tuesday, Cllr Holloway said HRH was ‘charm itself as she always is’.

Princess Anne’s trip to the region also saw her visit Yate Outdoor Sports Complex and witness Yate District and Athletics Club in training. For photos of this visit turn to page 8.