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Princess Royal visits South African cemetery

23 April 2012

The Princess Royal, accompanied by her husband -- one of the Commonwealth War Graves Commissioners, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence -- has visited the Simon's Town (Dido Valley) Cemetery near Cape Town in South Africa. The Princess laid a wreath at the Cross of Sacrifice.

Cape Town and Simon's Town were the scene of large-scale shipping movements, including hospital ships, during both World Wars.

Simon's Town (Dido Valley) Cemetery contains 77 burials of the First World War and 106 of the Second World War, one of which is unidentified. Most of the burials are of naval personnel.