A MEMBER of the Royal Family opened the new facilities at Worthy Down following a £300 million transformation.

HRH The Princess Royal unveiled the Defence College of Logistics, Policing and Administration and The Royal Logistic Corps Museum.

Over the last few years, the site near Winchester has become a training centre for military logisticians, police officers and administrators from the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force.

Relocating military functions and personnel from Princess Royal Barracks, HMS Raleigh and RAF Halton allows the easy sharing of expertise and facilities across all three services.

The programme has seen the construction of 27 new buildings including accommodation, teaching spaces, medical and dental centre, Regimental Headquarters and facilities for catering, retail and leisure including sports pitches and a gym.

Brigadier Caldicott CBE, Commandant Defence College of Logistics, Policing and Administration, said: "The DCLPA is honoured that HRH The Princess Royal has formally opened the DCLPA here at Worthy Down. The opening marks the culmination of Project WELLESLEY, which has seen all three Services combine logistics, policing and administration training under one College. The project is a great example of effective cooperation between the military, DIO and contractors for the benefit of the Armed Forces.

"The brilliant facilities here at Worthy Down are truly world-class and have helped create a training centre of excellence that is second to none."

Her Royal Highness Princess Anne was shown around the site by Brigadier Caldicott CBE and the Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire, Nigel Atkinson Esq.

She signed the visitor's book, met VIPs and revealed a commemorative plaque.

The Colonel RLC and RLC Museum trustee, Colonel Jon West ADC said: "The Corps is honoured that our Colonel in Chief HRH The Princess Royal has agreed to be the Patron for the new RLC Museum and has formally opened the Museum in its new location today, following months of hard work by the Museum team. "The Museum opening sees the home of the Corps and our rich heritage firmly established at Worthy Down alongside the centre of professional logistic excellence at DCLPA.

"The fantastic state of the art facilities here at the new RLC Museum provide a focal point for past, present and future generations of the Corps family to and present a fascinating opportunity to showcase military logistics to the public".