Berkshire

Royal opening for Reading garden created in memory of girl, 4

Amelia Saunders Image copyright Richard Saunders
Image caption Amelia Saunders was diagnosed with an incurable, inoperable brain tumour in February 2012

A garden created in memory of a four-year-old girl who died from an inoperable brain tumour has been officially opened by Princess Beatrice.

Amelia Saunders was a pupil at Crosfields School, Reading, where the Talbot Memorial Garden was created. She died in January 2013.

A cherry tree was planted at the site in memory of her. The garden also features a small bridge and a pergola.

It aims to offer pupils "peace and relaxation", a spokeswoman said.

Image caption More than 500 children, aged three to 13, greeted the royal as she arrived at the school
Image caption On meeting a pupil called Beatrice, the Princess of York commented: "We're twins"

During her visit, a bouquet of flowers was presented to the Princess of York by two pupils, including Amelia's four-year-old sister Charlotte.

A spokeswoman at the school said the garden, created by local designer Clare Olof, was a legacy left by the school's first chairman of governors, Clifford Talbot.

"He gave a sum of money to develop an outside area to offer children peace and relaxation," she said.

"It seemed a fitting tribute to dedicate it to Amelia."

Amelia was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour in February 2012.

She died at Naomi House Children's Hospice in Sutton Scotney, Hampshire, and a memorial ceremony was held in Winchester.

Image caption As well as addressing the whole school, the royal also met with individual groups of pupils

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