Princess Anne visited East Malling Research on Tuesday (16 March) to mark the Kent site's 100th anniversary.
The princess attended part of a conference on innovation in fruit research at the institute before being given a tour af facilities, during which she was taught how to cross two strawberry varieties.
"Her Royal Highness made a cross of her own, which could yield a Royal Malling variety," EMR chief executive Professor Peter Gregory said.
Princess Anne also planted a tree, a Sorbus hupehensis ‘Pink Pagoda’ in the grounds, mirroring her previous visit to the site 25 years ago when she planted a manna ash (Fraxinus ornus).
- A full round-up of the conference will appear in next week's HW.