Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, Princess Anne today visited her second UNESCO World Heritage Site of the week during her three-day visit to Seychelles.
Following a visit to the Valle de Mai on Praslin yesterday, The Princess Royal and her husband, Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence, made a four hour stop-over on Aldabra, the world’s second largest coral atoll, en-route to Mauritius.
The Royal Party was accompanied by the British High Commissioner, HE Mathew Forbes, the Minister for Home Affairs, Environment and Transport, Mr. Joel Morgan, and other government officials.
During their visit to the island, the Royal Party had the opportunity to meet with all the resident staff on Aldabra, which included the rangers and researchers, to discuss the work of Seychelles Island Foundation and their various conservation projects, as well as their aim to make Aldabra reliant solely on renewable energy with a planned solar farm project.
A favorable tide also allowed the Royal Party to enjoy a 45-minute excursion around the Aldabra lagoon where they were able to view a full spectrum of what Aldabra has to offer, with flocks of Frigate birds, Red-Footed Bobies, Spotted Eagles rays, Spinner dolphins, Lemon and Black tip sharks, and fishes appearing to greet the group.
While speaking to the press who accompanied the delegation, Minister Morgan said that the he believed that The Princess Royal’s expectations of her brief visit to Seychelles had been exceeded, and that she had been particularly impressed with the value the people of Seychelles attach to the environment and the way that both development and conservation goals are met and balanced.
The Princess Royal is the first member of the British Royal Family to visit the Aldabra Atoll.