Princess Royal swaps China for Arbroath

Princess Royal in Arbroath

Princess Anne may have just been on a five-day tour of China, but that did not stop her continuing her Royal duties as soon as she arrived home.

She has been conducting a series of visits in Scotland, including heading to Arbroath to mark a £3 million expansion of RR Spink & Sons, which proudly holds the Royal Warrant as fishmongers to the Queen.

The Princess Royal met staff and local dignitaries before taking a look around the facility with chairman Alastair Salvesen.

Mr Salvesen told the local Courier newspaper: “We are grateful that her royal highness has come to see for herself how the fish we supply to her majesty and her guests is sourced, prepared, processed and packed to the highest standards. High quality seafood is something for which Scotland is famous around the world.

“RR Spink have been part of that story for more than 300 years and at Dawnfresh we are very aware of the responsibility this history brings.

“We are already one of the largest employers in Arbroath and this expansion and modernisation of the site has raised our facilities and equipment to a very high standard.

“This and our determination to the training all our employees, will enable us to grow our business significantly for the next 300 years.”

The princess has recently become the prime warden of The Worshipful Company of Fishmongers.

During her visit, the Princess Royal saw the whole manufacturing process, from the arrival of fresh fish to how the end food product is shipped out to supermarkets and shops across Britain.

Also today, Princess Anne unveiled a memorial to Dundee’s Great War seamen and women by HRH The Princess Royal.