Princess Beatrice welcomes Olympic Flame as torch relay visits stately homeMarks day 32 of its tour around Britain and IrelandYoung royal's second involvement in 2012 events after running in the Olympic Park race in March
16:43 GMT, 19 June 2012
While her sister attended the first day of Royal Ascot with the Queen, Princess Beatrice travelled to West Yorkshire to greet the Olympic flame.
Marking day 32 of its tour around Britain and Ireland the torch arrived at Harewood House in Leeds.
The young royal took to the steps of the stately home to meet Janet Baker, 33, who was nominated as torchbearer for the time and dedication she puts into charity fundraising.
Princess Beatrice welcomes torch bearer Janet Baker and the Olympic Flame on the steps of Harewood House
The torch made a mile-long journey down the driveway to the front of the 18th century home, where it was greeted by the Duke of York’s 23-year-old daughter along with the Earl and Countess of Harewood.
Miss Baker said: 'Coming up that drive, it was absolutely amazing –
just walking through the ticket booths and then seeing the crowds start
to get thicker and thicker.
'And with everybody stood on the steps waiting, it was, like, wow.'
Asked what the Princess said to her, Miss Baker said: 'Hello. Welcome – and how proud she was seeing me do it.'
Today was Princess Beatrice's second involvement in 2012 events as she also ran in the Olympic Park race at the Stratford stadium in March.
Beatrice welcomes Torchbearer 060 Janet Baker (2nd left) and the Olympic Flame at Harewood House
The torch made a mile-long journey down the driveway to the front of the 18th century home, where it was greeted by the Duke of York’s daughter
Tuesday's relay is travelling 150
miles from Hull to York through Brough, Goole, Camblesforth, Selby, Monk Fryston, Barkston Ash, Tadcaster, Boston Spa, Wetherby, Harewood, Knaresborough, Harrogate and Ripon.
Olympic showjumper and racehorse
trainer, Harvey Smith will them ride with the flame into York Racecourse as
the final torchbearer of the day.
torch began the day at The Deep aquarium, in Hull, which is home to more than 3,500 fish. Erica Hughes, 72, from Pocklington, was nominated as the first torchbearer for her voluntary work with a team of medics at a clinic in Nepal.
Lewis Birkinshaw, 17, Bradford Academy's current citizen of the year, will carry the torch at World Heritage Site Fountains Abbey in Ripon.
Other torchbearers include George Stocker, 13, from Fairfield, who was diagnosed with a brain tumour in October 2008. He had 48 weeks of chemotherapy and has gone on to raise 50,000 for Candlelighters charity.
The princess opted for a pretty floral dress as she visited Harewood House
Clive Warley, 74, is carrying the
flame through his home town of York. He was born with spina bifida and
supports the Paralympics and special Olympic sports at local, regional
and national level.
Mr Smith, 74, will ride the final furlong of York Racecourse on showjumper Paddy before lighting the celebration cauldron. Smith,
often a controversial character during his equestrian career, competed
in two Olympic Games and won an individual bronze medal at the 1970
Beatrice spent about 20 minutes chatting to families waiting for the torch, telling them how pleased she was to be at the event. Lord Harewood said: 'It’s a great honour for the Olympic Torch to come here, obviously.
lot of people here. A lot of kids here. For us I think that’s the most
important thing – to engage schoolchildren, engage the next generation
with all the good things there are about the Olympics. A beautiful place like this, it’s great to see people enjoying being here and enjoying being part of the Olympics too.'
Harewood welcomed children from 13 local schools to the grounds to take
part in sports events and Beatrice presented the prizes. He added: 'Being awarded your school sports prize by a real princess, it doesn’t get better than that, does it'
A total of 8,000 people will carry the flame during its 8,000 mile, 70-day journey to the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in London on July 27.