October 23, 2014 -- Updated 4:10 pm GMT

Princess Anne’s Surprise Visit to Afghanistan

Posted in: United Kingdom

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Britain’s Princess Anne made a surprise visit to British and Canadian troops stationed in Afghanistan, it was revealed yesterday. The only daughter of Queen Elizabeth II made the trip just after the Vancouver Winter Olympics. Her husband, Vice Admiral Tim Lawrence, accompanied her.

“This visit has been a great morale boost for the troops,” said Captain Jo Barr, Adjutant of Bastion Joint Operating Base, the camp the Princess toured on Monday.

“They see that dignitaries like the Princess Royal are genuinely interested in what we do out here.”

Anne visited Camp Bastion where most of the British troops are staying, and went to Kandahar to visit the Canadian soldiers. She holds honorary military titles from both countries.

The Princess witnessed the dog handlers of The Royal Army Veterinary Corps and even met with the dogs.

Crown Princess Maxima Opens WOMEN International Inc.

Posted in: Netherlands

On Monday, Dutch Crown Princess Maxima was in Amsterdam to inaugurate the third annual WOMEN International Inc. Festival. CP Maxima Women Inc 300x201 Crown Princess Maxima Opens WOMEN International Inc.

This event focuses on the potential of women, lasting all this week. It includes talk shows, speeddate sessions, workshops and an extensive cultural program in film, theater, cabaret, art, fashion and a market.

Maxima arrived at around 8pm local time, just hours after returning from the Vancouver Winter Olympics. Though she was a bit jetlagged, the Princess was all smiles.

Maxima met with some of the women who are participating in WOMEN Inc. She listened to their stories of struggles in life, especially settling the Netherlands. This is something Maxima can relate to, having relocated from Argentina to New York to Holland after marrying Crown Prince Willem-Alexander in 2002.