IN DECEMBER 2015, three probation officers were given chance to shake hands with royalty when the Princess Royal came to town.

Princess Anne visited Queensway House in Worle to give awards to three probation workers.

The Princess Royal is patron of the Butler Trust, which recognises outstanding effort by those working in prisons, probation and youth justice across the UK through annual awards.

James Bamford of the Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC) joined David Miners and Julie Greenslade of the National Probation Service in picking up the Butler Trust Award.

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They were all introduced to Princess Anne and spoke about their daily duties.

Speaking at the time, team manager James Bamford said: “It was a really good visit. I am so delighted Her Royal Highness got to hear about all the great work people within the CRC and National Probation Service are doing together to reduce re-offending.”

While there, Princess Anne also heard about initiatives such as community payback – when criminals are made to carry out unpaid work.