Princess meets Commonwealth leaders

The Oxford Times: Princess Anne Princess Anne

PRINCESS Anne visited Oxford on Saturday to meet international leaders from all over the Commonwealth.

She was guest of honour at the Commonwealth Study Conference, held at Oxford University’s Examinations Schools.

About 100 people attended the event and discussed how to use technology to improve society, after visiting cities across the country to learn about challenges facing businesses, governments and society.

Project director Vanessa Emmett, from Oxford, said: “We held the conference here because it’s an iconic city that’s known throughout the world for being a leader in technology research and for providing world leaders.

“We wanted to bring them together to get a better understanding of each other’s cultures and to collaborate in solving their common problems.”

Old Marston resident Patrick Tolani, executive director for Nigeria’s Institute for Oil, Gas, Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development, said: “It’s great this conference all came together in my city. I feel a deep sense of pride that Oxford can host this event. It’s a very diverse city that has a strong sense of cohesion.” Picture: OX66244 Damian Halliwell

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1:38pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Myron Blatz says...

Were people taught properly to tug their forlocks before meeting the Princess? The sooner the Royal Family becomes consigned to the tourist industry, the better - and as for the 'Commonwealth' isn't it about to call 'last orders please' on this eco-political quango? Look?at most hangers-on in the Commonwealth, and you find corrupt governments and corrupt politicians - surprisingly many of whom have Swiss bank accounts, whilst they stlill get aid from the UK to help support their impoverished peoples, and local military spending. No, instead we should replace our Monarchy with a presidential regime, perhaps like many Asian and African conutries have. On second thoughts, maybe the likes of the Queen and her Family is the preferable option - would we really like to see somebody like Tony Blair as President?
Were people taught properly to tug their forlocks before meeting the Princess? The sooner the Royal Family becomes consigned to the tourist industry, the better - and as for the 'Commonwealth' isn't it about to call 'last orders please' on this eco-political quango? Look?at most hangers-on in the Commonwealth, and you find corrupt governments and corrupt politicians - surprisingly many of whom have Swiss bank accounts, whilst they stlill get aid from the UK to help support their impoverished peoples, and local military spending. No, instead we should replace our Monarchy with a presidential regime, perhaps like many Asian and African conutries have. On second thoughts, maybe the likes of the Queen and her Family is the preferable option - would we really like to see somebody like Tony Blair as President? Myron Blatz
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