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Princess opens retirement village

Princess Alexandra receiving posy of flowers: Pic Roseland Parc
The princess received a posy from a resident's great granddaughter

A retirement village in Cornwall, where two rare Roman burial urns were unearthed, has been officially opened.

HRH Princess Alexandra was cheered by local primary school children waving flags when she arrived for the ceremony at Roseland Parc in Tregony.

Two 1st Century AD pottery urns were uncovered in April 2006 by an archaeologist during a pre-construction check at the development.

The urns are on display at the county's Royal Museum in Truro.

A posy of flowers was presented to the princess by eight-year-old Emily Berryman.

The St Mewan School pupil was upholding a family tradition as her mother Lisa had also met the princess as a little girl when her family received a cattle breeding trophy from her at the Royal Cornwall Show.

Emily, whose great grandmother is a resident at Roseland, said she was really excited to meet the princess.

Roman urns unearther at Tregony
The rare burial urns were found during a pre-construction survey

"She asked if I'd had to wait very long and I said 'quite a long time'."

The princess's tour of the retirement village included meeting residents in their apartments and visiting the fitness room, swimming pool and landscaped garden.

"HRH seemed genuinely interested in Roseland Parc and its residents," said Roseland's chief executive John Gooding.

"She went out of her way to meet as many of our residents as she could and they were delighted to have the opportunity."

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