Monday, 08 August 2022

Boy meets Princess!

A TEENAGER from Wargrave met Princess Beatrice when she visited his school on Friday.

A TEENAGER from Wargrave met Princess Beatrice when she visited his school on Friday.

Isaac Beasley, 13, was chosen to lead three cheers for the Princess of York when she attended Crosfields School in Reading to open a new memorial garden.

Isaac, who lives in High Street with his parents Louise and Richard, says he enjoyed the responsibility and that the princess was “really nice”.

He said: “When she arrived she came straight over and talked to me and my friends.

“She asked us about our exams and how we were finding the school in general. This was the first time I had met a royal but I think I kept my cool.

“I was picked at random from the class to lead the three cheers for her when she left and one of the other pupils gave her a bunch of flowers.

“The whole thing was fun from start to finish.”

The Talbot Memorial Garden has been built as a tribute to Clifford Talbot, the school’s first chairman of governors, and former pupil Amelia Saunders, who died of an incurable brain tumour in January 2013, aged four.

Amelia’s parents, Richard and Chantal, joined more than 500 children who waved miniature Union flags as the princess opened the garden. Three choirs from the school performed before Beatrice addressed staff and pupils. The princess said: “I am so thankful to you for having me and giving me such a wonderful welcome.

“You are the most wonderful school and we are all so lucky that we are standing in this beautiful garden.”

Mr and Mrs Beasley moved to Wargrave in 1999. Isaac has been at Crosfields since he was six and is now the captain of the cricket team as well as playing in the football, rugby and basketball sides. He has represented Berkshire at cricket. In September he will move to Shiplake College for his GCSEs.

Isaac, who is a Reading FC season ticket holder, is also a keen golfer and qualified scuba diver.

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