Princess Anne will be visiting independent builders merchant Kent Blaxill in Colchester on March 20, it has been confirmed in the Royal Diary.
Her visit follows the East Anglian building supplies company’s 175th anniversary celebrations last year.
Her visit to the town will also include a preview of the £4.3 million refurbishment to Colchester Castle, where she will unveil a plaque ahead of the official opening on May 2.
“We are very excited to hear that Princess Anne is coming to visit Kent Blaxill in recognition of 175 years of trading in Colchester,” said Simon Blaxill, managing director of Kent Blaxill. “It seems particularly appropriate that she will also be visiting the castle, in the shadow of which Kent Blaxill was founded in 1838.”
The company’s last meeting with royalty was in 1938 when Alderman Blaxill, then Colchester mayor and Kent Blaxill chairman, greeted Queen Mary on a visit to the town.