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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, Sept. 28) – Papua New Guinea Minister Sir Michael Somare yesterday warmly welcomed Princess Anne and her husband, Admiral Timothy Laurence, to the country and praised the English princess for her work in assisting the children of the world and the underprivileged.

The Princess Royal, daughter of Queen Elizabeth II, flew into Port Moresby yesterday afternoon and was formally welcomed by the Prime Minister at the Crowne Plaza Hotel last night.

Sir Michael thanked her for finding time in her exhausting schedule to visit PNG, and believes her visit would inspire those she meets during her stay.

Princess Anne extended her gratitude for the warm welcome accorded to her party.

She will see some of the vital and caring work done in the community for the victims of HIV/AIDS and meet underprivileged members of our community besides Conducting the Investiture of Order of Logohu today.

She will visit Anglicare STOPAIDS PNG Centre, Family Support Centre, Cheshire Home PNG and Koki Development Centre.

A section of the huge crowd of onlookers caused a security scare for the visiting Princess Anne yesterday on her arrival at the Jackson International Airport in Port Moresby yesterday.

The crowd that was kept at bay outside VIP car park went into frenzy as Princess Anne and her husband Admiral Timothy Lawrence were driven out of the car park as part of the official motorcade on their way to Crowne Plaza Hotel.

Quick action by police mobile squad personnel cordoning the VIP exit area held back the crowd, some already running onto the path of Princess Anne's vehicle.

Princess Anne arrived on her Royal Air Force plane, one of Queen Elizabeth's three planes shortly before 5pm and received a red carpet welcome amid a 21 gun salute by the PNG Defence Force.

Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare and Commander Ilau officially invited her to the official podium before she inspected the guard of honour staged by the members of the 1RPIR.

Parade Commander Major Jim Beri led the Princess as she went through the parade and also inspected the Royal PNG Constabulary police band.

The Princess made no speeches but did raise her hand to wave at the huge crowd that was present to witness her arrival.

The public in their huge numbers started gathering at about 3pm at the airport to get the glimpse of the Queen's 55 -year-old second born and the only daughter.

Traffic through and from the airport was clogged as motorists made a last minute rush to see the royal.

Queens representative and Governor General Sir Paualias Matane and Lady Kaludia met the Princess last night at the Crowne Plaza Hotel where Sir Michael hosted a reception in her honour.

September 29, 2005

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