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Princess Anne visits Colchester Castle

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PRINCESS Anne, The Princess Royal, is coming to Colchester.

  • The daughter of Queen Elizabeth II will be given a Royal preview of the Colchester Castle refurbishment today.
  • She will also be visiting Kent Blaxill as part of their 175th Anniversary celebrations.
  • Princess Anne last visited north Essex in July last year and Colchester in 2011.
  • She will be unveiling a plaque during her tour of the castle.

  • Comments


    Jess Jephcott 9:14am Thu 20 Mar 14

    Somebody should have told her that it isn't open.

    Score: 14
    Ritchie_Hicks 9:36am Thu 20 Mar 14

    I went past KB's this morning. There were police with sniffer dogs, riot vans, etc. Looked like some sort of drug bust!

    Score: -2
    wardyt 9:39am Thu 20 Mar 14

    Jess Jephcott wrote…


    Somebody should have told her that it isn't open.

    ha ha

    Score: -2
    Say It As It Is OK? 9:40am Thu 20 Mar 14

    Ritchie_Hicks wrote…


    I went past KB's this morning. There were police with sniffer dogs, riot vans, etc. Looked like some sort of drug bust!

    All from our taxes - for the richest family I the country, disgraceful!

    Score: -19
    wardyt 9:46am Thu 20 Mar 14

    Say It As It Is OK? wrote…


    Ritchie_Hicks wrote…

    I went past KB's this morning. There were police with sniffer dogs, riot vans, etc. Looked like some sort of drug bust!
    All from our taxes - for the richest family I the country, disgraceful!

    They cost less than a pound per person and bring in millions to the economy.

    Score: 7
    Jack222 10:42am Thu 20 Mar 14

    Yawn. Who cares.

    (And it's not the money they bring in, it's the principle - I'd like to live in a democracy. The money would still come in if the monarchy was abolished - the same theatre could be used for an elected ceremonial Head of Sate such as in Eire.)

    Score: -15
    wardyt 11:15am Thu 20 Mar 14

    Jack222 wrote…


    Yawn. Who cares. (And it's not the money they bring in, it's the principle - I'd like to live in a democracy. The money would still come in if the monarchy was abolished - the same theatre could be used for an elected ceremonial Head of Sate such as in Eire.)

    Do they really have much political influence?

    Score: -3
    catflap1 12:21pm Thu 20 Mar 14

    wardyt wrote…


    Say It As It Is OK? wrote…


    Ritchie_Hicks wrote…

    I went past KB's this morning. There were police with sniffer dogs, riot vans, etc. Looked like some sort of drug bust!
    All from our taxes - for the richest family I the country, disgraceful!
    They cost less than a pound per person and bring in millions to the economy.

    I could spend that pound on something useful at one of the 99p shops that make up the prime shopping centres in Colchester.

    but lets do a little maths the current UK population is at the last census 63,182,000, so give them the benefit of the doubt and say they cost 85p per person =£53,704,700 divide that by the number of royal parasites, QE, Phil the Greek, Bonnie Price Charlie , Horsegirl Anne, Andrew the second hand car sales man, Princess Edward, William and the stick insect of Cambridge and young Harry Hewitt- 8 of them + assorted other hangers on such as the ugly sisters etc so lets call it 10
    and we're at a bill of £5,370,470 per parasite per annum (pppa)

    Not very good value is it fro what they do and cost especially so many in this town and others in their domain need to use food banks to feed their children.... tell me they're good value now...........

    Score: -13
    lm1234 12:47pm Thu 20 Mar 14

    Yes, applaud a woman for taking a day trip out of her cushy life to visit tourist attractions.. She's probably wondering why you're not at work, seeing her as family feed off of your taxes.

    Score: -13
    catflap1 12:58pm Thu 20 Mar 14

    interesting that one of the ads on this page is "how to live on a low income"

    Score: 2
    wardyt 1:28pm Thu 20 Mar 14

    catflap1 wrote…


    wardyt wrote…

    Say It As It Is OK? wrote…

    Ritchie_Hicks wrote…

    I went past KB's this morning. There were police with sniffer dogs, riot vans, etc. Looked like some sort of drug bust!
    All from our taxes - for the richest family I the country, disgraceful!
    They cost less than a pound per person and bring in millions to the economy.
    I could spend that pound on something useful at one of the 99p shops that make up the prime shopping centres in Colchester. but lets do a little maths the current UK population is at the last census 63,182,000, so give them the benefit of the doubt and say they cost 85p per person =£53,704,700 divide that by the number of royal parasites, QE, Phil the Greek, Bonnie Price Charlie , Horsegirl Anne, Andrew the second hand car sales man, Princess Edward, William and the stick insect of Cambridge and young Harry Hewitt- 8 of them + assorted other hangers on such as the ugly sisters etc so lets call it 10 and we're at a bill of £5,370,470 per parasite per annum (pppa) Not very good value is it fro what they do and cost especially so many in this town and others in their domain need to use food banks to feed their children.... tell me they're good value now...........

    The budget for the Royals this year, is just over £36 million, so about 56 pence per person (just over 1 pence per week). It is estimated that the Royal Family generates over £26 Billion per year to the UK economy. So I would think tthat they are worth it.

    I'm sure that even people who use food banks waste 56 pence per year .....smoking, drinking, gambling, pets, sky tv. or simply lose money.

    Score: 4
    wardyt 1:30pm Thu 20 Mar 14

    lm1234 wrote…


    Yes, applaud a woman for taking a day trip out of her cushy life to visit tourist attractions.. She's probably wondering why you're not at work, seeing her as family feed off of your taxes.

    Her visit will be a boost for the local economy.

    Score: -9
    lm1234 1:43pm Thu 20 Mar 14

    wardyt wrote…


    lm1234 wrote…


    Yes, applaud a woman for taking a day trip out of her cushy life to visit tourist attractions.. She's probably wondering why you're not at work, seeing her as family feed off of your taxes.
    Her visit will be a boost for the local economy.

    May I ask how? Are you an economist?

    Score: 6
    catflap1 2:17pm Thu 20 Mar 14

    wardyt wrote…


    catflap1 wrote…


    wardyt wrote…

    Say It As It Is OK? wrote…

    Ritchie_Hicks wrote…

    I went past KB's this morning. There were police with sniffer dogs, riot vans, etc. Looked like some sort of drug bust!
    All from our taxes - for the richest family I the country, disgraceful!
    They cost less than a pound per person and bring in millions to the economy.
    I could spend that pound on something useful at one of the 99p shops that make up the prime shopping centres in Colchester. but lets do a little maths the current UK population is at the last census 63,182,000, so give them the benefit of the doubt and say they cost 85p per person =£53,704,700 divide that by the number of royal parasites, QE, Phil the Greek, Bonnie Price Charlie , Horsegirl Anne, Andrew the second hand car sales man, Princess Edward, William and the stick insect of Cambridge and young Harry Hewitt- 8 of them + assorted other hangers on such as the ugly sisters etc so lets call it 10 and we're at a bill of £5,370,470 per parasite per annum (pppa) Not very good value is it fro what they do and cost especially so many in this town and others in their domain need to use food banks to feed their children.... tell me they're good value now...........
    The budget for the Royals this year, is just over £36 million, so about 56 pence per person (just over 1 pence per week). It is estimated that the Royal Family generates over £26 Billion per year to the UK economy. So I would think tthat they are worth it.

    I'm sure that even people who use food banks waste 56 pence per year .....smoking, drinking, gambling, pets, sky tv. or simply lose money.

    How can you justify 3.9 million pounds for travel for them when children starving, these people are parasites living of the backs of the poor of this country

    if as you say they generate so much where does it go? - mainly in their pockets and those of the eton boys attempting to destroy this county just as their mad **** of a grandmother, Thatcher and her cronies did.

    Score: -9
    HIF1907olympia 2:20pm Thu 20 Mar 14

    Who cares if she visited or not !!!! Lock her in the tower !!

    Score: -1
    romantic 2:24pm Thu 20 Mar 14

    I used to be a bit of a republican, but now, honestly, I almost feel sorry for them. Yes, of course they will never have to go to a food bank or worry how to pay the rent, but look at it a different way.

    Imagine you woke up each morning knowing that you'd have to go to some random town and look interested. Everywhere you go, a line of sycophantic local big-wigs waiting to meet and greet. While to you, this is just another day, to these people, it will be the anecdote that fills a thousand dinner-parties ("I met Priness Anne once and she was absolutely charming"). So you can't just walk past, you have to nod and smile at their banal small talk, while the modern-day peasants, gearing up for a day of bingo and beer, gawp open-jawed from behind a barrier.

    It's just pantomime, isn't it? I wouldn't swap my normal life for one where almost every moment will be photographed. Have one off moment in a 3-hour visit and that's the shot which will get published. I'd rather live in my normal house doing my normal job and hanging out with my normal friends. Nobody cares if I roll out a nightclub at 2 am (except my wife, of course, she would definitely have something to say about it!).

    We squander so much cash on pointless wars, Trident, banks, and a thousand other things, that the cost of the Royals doesn't seem so excessive. Young tourists would come here anyway, but older tourists probably are still drawn by the monarchy. But I do think the game will change when the Queen dies. Whenever that is, I think there will be bigger movements to cut back or abolish the monarchy.

    Score: 12
    wardyt 2:30pm Thu 20 Mar 14

    lm1234 wrote…


    wardyt wrote…

    lm1234 wrote…

    Yes, applaud a woman for taking a day trip out of her cushy life to visit tourist attractions.. She's probably wondering why you're not at work, seeing her as family feed off of your taxes.
    Her visit will be a boost for the local economy.
    May I ask how? Are you an economist?

    No I'm not an economist.

    But I'm sure her visit will help highlight / promote the Castle and its refurbishment, which will probably help attract visitors to the town.

    Score: 5
    wardyt 2:45pm Thu 20 Mar 14

    catflap1 wrote…


    wardyt wrote…

    catflap1 wrote…

    wardyt wrote…

    Say It As It Is OK? wrote…

    Ritchie_Hicks wrote…

    I went past KB's this morning. There were police with sniffer dogs, riot vans, etc. Looked like some sort of drug bust!
    All from our taxes - for the richest family I the country, disgraceful!
    They cost less than a pound per person and bring in millions to the economy.
    I could spend that pound on something useful at one of the 99p shops that make up the prime shopping centres in Colchester. but lets do a little maths the current UK population is at the last census 63,182,000, so give them the benefit of the doubt and say they cost 85p per person =£53,704,700 divide that by the number of royal parasites, QE, Phil the Greek, Bonnie Price Charlie , Horsegirl Anne, Andrew the second hand car sales man, Princess Edward, William and the stick insect of Cambridge and young Harry Hewitt- 8 of them + assorted other hangers on such as the ugly sisters etc so lets call it 10 and we're at a bill of £5,370,470 per parasite per annum (pppa) Not very good value is it fro what they do and cost especially so many in this town and others in their domain need to use food banks to feed their children.... tell me they're good value now...........
    The budget for the Royals this year, is just over £36 million, so about 56 pence per person (just over 1 pence per week). It is estimated that the Royal Family generates over £26 Billion per year to the UK economy. So I would think tthat they are worth it. I'm sure that even people who use food banks waste 56 pence per year .....smoking, drinking, gambling, pets, sky tv. or simply lose money.
    How can you justify 3.9 million pounds for travel for them when children starving, these people are parasites living of the backs of the poor of this country if as you say they generate so much where does it go? - mainly in their pockets and those of the eton boys attempting to destroy this county just as their mad **** of a grandmother, Thatcher and her cronies did.

    It boosts the economy by over £26 Billion, so everyone benefits. It doesn't go into the pockets of the Royal Family or the Government. The money spent by the Royals, for the most part, is spent here in the UK, so it helps to create jobs for ordinary people, who earn wages and in turn spend that on goods and services, thus paying more jobs and wages. Any injection of extra income leads to more spending, which creates more income, and so on.

    Blair and Brown destroyed this country.

    Score: 5
    Reginald47 2:47pm Thu 20 Mar 14

    Jack222 wrote…


    Yawn. Who cares. (And it's not the money they bring in, it's the principle - I'd like to live in a democracy. The money would still come in if the monarchy was abolished - the same theatre could be used for an elected ceremonial Head of Sate such as in Eire.)

    God forbid - you might get Nigel Farage

    Score: -5
    lm1234 6:38pm Thu 20 Mar 14

    wardyt wrote…


    lm1234 wrote…


    wardyt wrote…

    lm1234 wrote…

    Yes, applaud a woman for taking a day trip out of her cushy life to visit tourist attractions.. She's probably wondering why you're not at work, seeing her as family feed off of your taxes.
    Her visit will be a boost for the local economy.
    May I ask how? Are you an economist?
    No I'm not an economist.

    But I'm sure her visit will help highlight / promote the Castle and its refurbishment, which will probably help attract visitors to the town.

    Well that may be your opinion, but as a 2000 year old castle I think it's attracts visitors regardless. Personally I believe the local economy would actually be boosted if local businesses were able to thrive, rather than our shop fronts being exclusively chain stores. Perhaps the local economy could be boosted by making Colchester a desirable place to shop, rather than going out of town to places like Ipswich and Chelmsford? Maybe cheaper car parking, or park and ride systems. I'm not an economist either, but Colchester has problems that are blindingly obvious that can't be helped by a visit from Princess Anne. Sorry to project my frustration onto you, this is more of a general statement than a response.

    Score: -6
    stevedawson 9:38pm Thu 20 Mar 14

    This visit had nothing to do with politics, it was the queens daughter visiting the town.the flunkys queezers grovellers and cap doffers get up my nose.the turds.

    Score: -11
    HARRY438 7:27am Fri 21 Mar 14

    It's a great honour for Colchester ,I mean she's almost like royalty.

    Score: 8
    matt020876 8:57am Fri 21 Mar 14

    In my experience its the hardworking people who don't claim benefits and pay the taxes are the people who welcome the royal family.

    Yet the real parasites of this country, the people who claim benefits for most of their lives are the ones who don't appreciate our great royal institution with the immature uneducated and narrow mined views.

    I for one am proud that a member of the royal family has chosen to visit our town, especially as its becoming overrun with the types of people ive described above.

    Score: 5
    matt020876 9:00am Fri 21 Mar 14

    catflap1 - Typical sociallist garbage - wed be in a far worse state if it wasn't for Maggie and let that imbecile Scargyll or even worse Kinnock in.

    Score: -9
    The King of Colchester 9:06am Fri 21 Mar 14

    stevedawson wrote…


    This visit had nothing to do with politics, it was the queens daughter visiting the town.the flunkys queezers grovellers and cap doffers get up my nose.the turds.

    Bore off Dawson you mug!

    Score: -4
    Bert_Stimpson 9:30am Fri 21 Mar 14

    Did she not have time to visit the firsts*ite fiasco? Maybe she didn't need to spend a royal penny...

    Score: -3
    Jess Jephcott 10:22am Fri 21 Mar 14

    What sad commentaries I read here. There really are some nasty people in Colchester, all hiding behind pseudonyms. What a bunch of cowards. I welcome this visit by Princess Anne. It is a mark of Colchester's standing in the country, that we are worthy of such a visit.

    Score: 8
    Bert_Stimpson 4:25pm Fri 21 Mar 14

    Jess Jephcott wrote…


    What sad commentaries I read here. There really are some nasty people in Colchester, all hiding behind pseudonyms. What a bunch of cowards. I welcome this visit by Princess Anne. It is a mark of Colchester's standing in the country, that we are worthy of such a visit.

    I agree with Jess. More people should use their real names on here. Boo to all of you. Use your real names and become more worthy like Jess and my good self. If you don't use your real names then that means your comments mean nothing because we say so - so there!

    Score: 8
    stevedawson 5:05pm Fri 21 Mar 14

    Yes like that big turd in the pack alias king of colchester lets know who you are you coward.

    Score: -10
    The King of Colchester 5:13pm Fri 21 Mar 14

    stevedawson wrote…


    Yes like that big turd in the pack alias king of colchester lets know who you are you coward.

    You already know who I am bore boy. I'm the King of Colchester.

    Score: -6
    William George 10:21pm Fri 21 Mar 14

    Jess Jephcott wrote…


    What sad commentaries I read here. There really are some nasty people in Colchester, all hiding behind pseudonyms. What a bunch of cowards. I welcome this visit by Princess Anne. It is a mark of Colchester's standing in the country, that we are worthy of such a visit.

    Jess Jephcott's words show fair dignity for Colchester as well as the Princess Anne and her visit.

    The words from most of these other writers with their comments show no dignity at all.

    The Princess Anne in her visit to Colchester should be given good honour and dignity by us all.

    Score: 6
    Catchedicam 10:28am Mon 24 Mar 14

    Jack222 wrote…


    Yawn. Who cares.

    (And it's not the money they bring in, it's the principle - I'd like to live in a democracy. The money would still come in if the monarchy was abolished - the same theatre could be used for an elected ceremonial Head of Sate such as in Eire.)

    And how much would that cost?

    Score: 1
    Assimilation 10:22pm Mon 24 Mar 14

    catflap1 wrote…


    wardyt wrote…


    Say It As It Is OK? wrote…


    Ritchie_Hicks wrote…

    I went past KB's this morning. There were police with sniffer dogs, riot vans, etc. Looked like some sort of drug bust!
    All from our taxes - for the richest family I the country, disgraceful!
    They cost less than a pound per person and bring in millions to the economy.
    I could spend that pound on something useful at one of the 99p shops that make up the prime shopping centres in Colchester.

    but lets do a little maths the current UK population is at the last census 63,182,000, so give them the benefit of the doubt and say they cost 85p per person =£53,704,700 divide that by the number of royal parasites, QE, Phil the Greek, Bonnie Price Charlie , Horsegirl Anne, Andrew the second hand car sales man, Princess Edward, William and the stick insect of Cambridge and young Harry Hewitt- 8 of them + assorted other hangers on such as the ugly sisters etc so lets call it 10
    and we're at a bill of £5,370,470 per parasite per annum (pppa)

    Not very good value is it fro what they do and cost especially so many in this town and others in their domain need to use food banks to feed their children.... tell me they're good value now...........

    Personally I don't mind what is spent on the Royal Family, The Queen, Prince Philip (A classic) and the rest, although Charlie gets all his income from the Duchy. We get good value for money, unlike the £30 million we give in aid to Countries that don't want, or need it. What do we get in return for that ?

    We have always had a Royal family and lets hope we always will.

    God save the Queen !

    Score: 7

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