‘Amazing’ Princess Anne opens ‘world-leading’ £50million diagnostic centre in London

Princess Anne hosts veterans’ garden party in Queen’s absence

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Royal Brompton and Harefield revealed a member of the Royal Family had visited Sydney Street, Chelsea, to open a new diagnostics unit. Princess Anne, who donned a face mask and gloves during her visit, officially opened the centre on May 12.

Her Royal Highness was also given a tour of the £50million centre and met with staff who helped complete the project both on time and under budget.

She even greeted nurses from Royal Brompton Hospital to help mark International Nurses Day.

Anne also spent May 12 hosting a Buckingham Palace garden party with the Not Forgotten Association.

The Princess is patron of the charity, which was founded in 1920 and helps combat the causes of isolation and loneliness for the injured and disabled Armed Forces community.

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She invited over 3,000 guests from military organisations, charities and care homes to attend.

According to Royal Brompton and Harefield hospitals’ website, the facility includes specially commissioned artwork and light installation to help patients feel at ease in waiting areas, corridors and treatment rooms.

Baroness Sally Morgan, Deputy Chair at Guy’s and St Thomas’, said: “I want to thank the dedicated staff who have worked so hard to deliver this fantastic building – something they achieved during a global pandemic.

“It was lovely to have that recognised with The Princess Royal joining us to mark this special occasion.

“We now have the very latest in diagnostic technology, needed for a world leading heart and lung centre like this, led by some of the world’s most renowned clinicians in the field.

“Providing a more effective, purpose-built service is helping with our plans for reducing waiting lists both here and across the wider NHS.”

Professor Dudley Pennell, Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Unit Director at Royal Brompton, said: “There were moments when it felt like steering a juggernaut through difficult times so I’m tremendously proud of what our teams came together to achieve.

“The new Diagnostic Centre is fitted with some of the most advanced clinical MRI scanners in the world – helping to increase diagnostic capabilities, reduce scanning times and improve overall patient experience.

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“Having this wonderful facility also means we can enhance research, education and training programmes for staff.”

Fans of the Firm responded to Princess Royal’s appearance in the Twitter comment section.

@PhoebeDinsmore_ said: “Princess Anne. The Queen we will never have. She’d have been amazing.”

@JenniFlake added: “Well done Princess Royal.”

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