|Princess Anne "outstanding"|
|Written by Professor David Flint AM|
|Monday, 23 February 2009|
The Princess Royal, “straight off the plane“ was “outstanding,” declared the nation’s leading radio broadcaster, Alan Jones. Telling his vast breakfast audience she was a “class act,” he recalled how hardworking she was and how she “should have won a Gold Medal at the Olympics.” (Alan Jones is known for his deep interest in current affairs, the arts and sports.)
He returned later to the subject saying Princess Anne was “an amazing woman.”
The Princess impressed those who attended and those who watched the service. “In what was seen as a clear desire to avoid the centre stage at the National Day of Mourning memorial service for the fire victims, the Princess Royal repeated a message sent two weeks ago by her mother and added one of her own,” reported Mike Hedge in The Age.
Representing Queen Elizabeth and the Royal Family, Princess Anne out the message written by Queen Elizabeth soon after the fires occurred and passed on her condolences. She brought dignity, calm and personal humility to her role .
"Although a little daunted, when faced with the scale of loss, and the physical and mental impact that these bushfires have made and are still making for Victoria, individuals and towns have responded with resilience, ingenuity, courage and selflessness to situations that were changing at terrifying speed,'' Princes Anne said.
She said she would be visiting fire affected areas on Sunday, and speaking to some of those touched by the tragedy.
"People from around Australia and across the world watched in horror, but with admiration at their response,'' Princess Anne added. “I would particularly thank all those involved in whatever capacity, in the emergency services and in the voluntary organisations.”
In The Australian, (“Princess drops in and wins hearts”) Andrew Trouson told how after two weeks of 12-hour night shifts helping to co-ordinate the fight against Victoria's bushfires, a duty coordinator, Deb Sullivan could have been forgiven for being unenthusiastic at the Princess Royal's visit to Melbourne's Incident Emergency Control Centre.
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