Sweet success for firm as royal visitor drops in for tour

Princess Anne on a visit to Hotel Chocolat in Huntingdon.

Princess Anne on a visit to Hotel Chocolat in Huntingdon. - Credit: Archant

The Princess Royal made a flying visit to Huntingdon for a tour of the Hotel Chocolat factory.

Princess Anne on a visit to Hotel Chocolat in Huntingdon.

Princess Anne on a visit to Hotel Chocolat in Huntingdon. - Credit: Archant

Hotel Chocolat, chief executive Angus Thirlwell said he had been impressed by the princess's knowledge of the chocolate industry, including the ethics involved in its production, which she had shown during her time at the factory.

"It is the first royal visit we have had and it has been great to have some royal magic sprinkled over us," he said. "I am just hoping we made a good impression on her too."

Princess Anne arrived by helicopter which landed close to St Peter's School for the short trip to the nearby Hotel Chocolat factory last Wednesday.

Mr Thirlwell said the princess spent long periods chatting to staff and experts from the firm about their jobs during her tour of the factory.

Princess Anne on a visit to Hotel Chocolat in Huntingdon.

Princess Anne on a visit to Hotel Chocolat in Huntingdon. - Credit: Archant


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Mr Thirlwell said the visit had gone like a "well-oiled machine" with local dignitaries also taking part in greeting the princess.

He said Huntingdon was a good place for enterprise to grow and was well-supported by the community.

Princess Anne on a visit to Hotel Choclat in Huntingdon.

Princess Anne on a visit to Hotel Choclat in Huntingdon. - Credit: Archant

Mr Thirlwell said the factory was in the process of expanding with plans to build a new wing.

During her time in the region Princess Anne also visited the Police Firearms Officers' Association Museum of Armed Policing at Chatteris and the Corkers Crisps factory at Little Downham, near Ely.

Princess Anne on a visit to Hotel Choclat in Huntingdon.

Princess Anne on a visit to Hotel Choclat in Huntingdon. - Credit: Archant

Princess Anne on a visit to Hotel Choclat in Huntingdon.

Princess Anne on a visit to Hotel Choclat in Huntingdon. - Credit: Archant

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