Princess Alexandra with British Red Cross members.

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Black and white photograph of Princess Alexandra with British Red Cross members. She is shown shaking hands with the commandant of the Somerset/78 branch of the British Red Cross.
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Princess Alexandra became patron of the British Red Cross Youth in 1952 at the age of only 15. She officially took up the post in 1954. Her first public engagement took place on 11 June 1954 when she attended a display of Junior Red Cross activities in St James’ Palace. She was appointed as a vice-president of the Society in the early 1980s and a deputy president in 1998, a position she still holds today. She has undertaken a wide range of engagements with the Society, visiting projects throughout the country and lending her vital support to national fundraising events.

During our 150th anniversary celebrations in 2020, Princess Alexandra, as deputy president of the British Red Cross, had a phone conversation with one of our longest-serving volunteers, Ann Taylor, who is in her late 80s. Ann said she had a ‘lovely conversation’ with the Princess about the work she has done for the Red Cross, as well as ordinary things like family and everyday life.
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