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Princess Anne welcomed in Uganda

Princess Anne visits Uganda Virus Research Institute

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The arrival of the royal and her husband marked Princess Anne’s first royal tour following the death of Queen Elizabeth II. The pair were welcomed in Uganda by members from the various patronages and royal supporters took to Twitter with user @nsimbiipattie said: “She is most welcome to Uganda”.

The Medical Research Council (MRC) and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) Uganda research unit was the first stop for the royal to embark on a tour of the state-of-the-art research laboratory and clinical facilities at the site.

LSHTM is a member institution of the University of London of which Princess Anne is the Chancellor.

The UK in Uganda Twitter account said: “We are excited to welcome Her Royal Highness, the Princess Royal to Uganda.

“The Princess Royal visited @mrc_uganda today to observe the work they are doing in health research for infectious and non-communicable diseases such as Covid-19 in Uganda, with support from @lshtm.”

The Princess was shown more about how the unit works towards making its research more energy efficient and how the research contributes to developing key health policies to control infectious and non-communicable diseases.

The Princess Royal was later invited to an audience with the President of the Republic of Uganda, His Excellency Mr Yoweri Museveni.

The four-day visit has already seen some drama as the school the royal and her husband were due to visit later in the trip suffered from a fire on Monday night which killed 11 pupils.

The fire at the Salama School of Blind in Mukono was thought to have started around 1:00am local time (22:00 GMT) while the pupils were asleep in their dormitory.

The Uganda Police Force tweeted: “The cause of the fire is currently unknown but so far 11 deaths as a result of the fire have been confirmed while 6 are in critical conditions and admitted at Herona Hospital in Kisoga.”

According to the headteacher Francis Kinubi, the school had been warned of potential terror attacks ahead of the royal visit on Friday.

He said that the warnings came from eight officers from Buckingham Palace Royal Guard who visited the school twice to assess the security guidelines in place.

Mr Kinubi admitted that the school took the warnings lightly as they were instructed to limit the number of people at the school before the visit and warned them of sharing details of the event.

The headteacher said: “We submitted profiles of every person who was to attend the Princess’s visit.

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“For the terror threats, we thought it was something that would not happen to us, as earlier warned.

“For the years we have been in existence, we have never received any attacks involving the injuring of our children.

“When you look at the hostel, a fire started from the side without any power connectivity, making it hard to say that it was sparked by any power fault. Anyway, leave this to the police to investigate and find out what exactly happened.”

Meanwhile, the chief of military intelligence, Major General James Birungi said: “All that is currently said are allegations, we have heard the schools has had some land wrangles, some internal management misunderstandings and now visiting of the princess.”

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