VIDEO 1: Princess Beatrice visits Corby Glen Academy and plays ping-pong

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Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice visited Charles Read Academy in Corby Glen today and took a tour which included a spot of ping-pong, a chat with an Olympic athlete and a history lesson on the Royal Family.

The sixth in line to the throne was greeted by crowds of cheering children and staff from the Academy, as well as other nearby schools who had come especially for the occasion.

Pupils from Corby Glen Primary School greet the Princess.

Pupils from Corby Glen Primary School greet the Princess.

Speaking exclusively to the Journal, Princess Beatrice said: “It is great to come to the Academy and see some of the excellent work that they do. I think the Academy system has had a really positive impact on children’s education.”

The Queen’s grand-daughter was accompanied by David Ross, head of the David Ross Education Trust which sponsors several academies including Charles Read, and said: “This is a day the kids will remember for a long time.”

After taking time to chat to many of the excited youngsters, the Princess was taken on a tour of the school starting with a display of some of the children’s artwork.

Her Royal Highness then moved on to the sports hall where she displayed a talent for ping-pong.

More photos and video to follow.