February 15, 1974

On this day in south west Hertfordshire

Mrs Kathleen Trigg with the surprise gift from Princess Anne

First published in News Watford Observer: Photograph of the Author by , Nostalgia Editor

A piece of Princess Anne’s wedding cake was delivered to Coltspring Riding Stables, near Sarratt, on Wednesday.

Mrs Kathleen Trigg, wife of the proprietor, told the Watford Observer: “It was such a surprise. When the postman handed me this small parcel I wondered what on earth it could be. I was thrilled.”

The Triggs are members of the Riding for the Disabled Association, of which Princess Anne is patron and, with their young riders from Watford Spastics Centre, were among those who contributed toward a wedding present for the Princess.

Says Mrs Trigg: “The association gave her a lovely eight-sphere candelabrum in sterling silver and siver gilt.”

With the wedding cake – a sizeable chunk – was a letter from the Master of the Household, Peter Ashman, which read: “Her Royal Highness the Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips have asked that the enclosed wedding cake be sent to you and would be grateful if you would distribute it, with their best wishes, amongst those working for the Riding for the Disabled Association.”

[From the Watford Observer of February 15, 1974]

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