The Princess Royal braved the so-called ‘Beast from the East’ yesterday, to open a new textiles factory in London. With the UK facing freezing temperatures and snow, Princess Anne continued with her official engagements, even modelling a parka which was very-much suited to the weather conditions.
The Queen’s only daughter was in London to officially open a new textiles factory which belongs to fashion brand, Grenfell. The brand was originally created back in 1923; however, Grenfell relaunched in 2015. The label is now a contemporary luxury outerwear brand.
Princess Anne was visiting in her role as president of the UK Fashion and Textile Association; this organisation brings together British designers, manufacturers, agents and retailers, allowing them to promote their businesses and the UK fashion and textile industry.
Upon arriving at the Grenfell factory, Anne was greeted by the brand’s Managing Director, Mo Azam, who presented the royal guest with a parka, which the Princess Royal quickly slipped on over her blue blazer and scarf. Anne looked delighted with the coat, even trying out the hood!
Grenfell prides itself on being a British brand and only produces its garment in this factory, which is located in the east of the capital.
During her visit to the factory, Princess Anne was taken on a tour of the facilities and spoke to some members of staff, learning about their work. The Royal also examined some of the garments produced in the factory before unveiling a plaque to mark the official opening of the factory.
After her visit to the Grenfell Factory, The Princess Royal had an evening engagement at the Guildhall. Anne was there to attend the Annual City Food Lecture in her role as Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Butchers. The Worshipful Company of Butchers is one of the London’s Livery Companies and is currently a trade association for members of the industry.
The Annual City Food Lecture is organised by seven of the Livery Companies and is attended by over 700 leading figures from the food industry. This year’s guest speaker is Dave Lewis, CEO of supermarket chain Tesco.