Princess Royal feeds penguins during zoo visit

The Princess Royal fed penguins and met young Ukrainian refugees during a visit to Edinburgh Zoo.

She and her husband, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, are in Scotland’s capital as members of the Royal Family tour the nations of the UK over the long weekend to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

The couple visited Penguins’ Rock enclosure – home to gentoo, rockhopper and king penguins – including Sir Nils Olav, a brigadier in the Norwegian Royal Guard.

They met staff, including animal sitter Lisa Girot, and fed the penguins blue whiting from a bucket.

Anne visited the penguin enclosure (Andrew Milligan/PA)

Earlier, the Princess met children from Ukrainian orphanages who were taking part in an animal handling session with a snake and an armadillo in the zoo’s Rainforest Room.

The children were rescued from the war-torn country and brought to Scotland with the help of the Dnipro Kids charity, formed by supporters of Edinburgh’s Hibernian FC.

Their Friday visit was organized by the zoo’s community team.

Anne was introduced by the Chief Executive of the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, David Fields.

While in Edinburgh, the Princess will also visit HMS Albion and inspect an honor guard before boarding the ship.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit Cardiff Castle over Jubilee weekend (Andrew Milligan/PA)

On the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship, the Princess will meet members of the ship’s crew and representatives of charities across Scotland supported by the Queen and Anne as patrons, before cutting a memorial cake.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Earl and Countess of Wessex will visit Wales and Northern Ireland respectively.

William and Kate will travel to Cardiff on Saturday to meet some of Wales’ best-known artists ahead of a platinum jubilee celebration gig.

They will meet the team behind the event at Cardiff Castle, learn about the lighting, sound and visual effects of the show before helping with the final preparations.

Earl and Countess of Wessex
The Earl and Countess of Wessex will visit Northern Ireland (Dan Kitwood/PA)

The couple will also attend rehearsals and meet Aled Jones and Shan Cothi, both hosts of the show which will feature The Alarm’s Mike Peters, singer Bonnie Tyler, West End star John Owen Jones, weather drummer Owain Wyn Evans and the Pendyrus Male Voice Choir.

The performances will end at 7 p.m. and crowds will then be able to watch the Platinum Party at the Palace on giant screens in the castle grounds.

Over the long Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend, the Earl and Countess of Wessex will carry out two engagements in Northern Ireland.

Sophie and Edward will meet children taking part in multicultural street performances, take part in arts and crafts sessions and talk to people sharing their personal memories of meeting the Queen.

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