FLAGS are flying at half mast throughout Surrey Heath following the death of Princess Margaret on February 9.

Her last official visit was to Frimley Park Hospital on October 31, 2000, when she toured the MoD hospital unit in her role as Colonel in Chief of Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps.

The Princess, pictured as she arrived in a red suit and a black hat, looked unwell, but still took time to talk to patients and staff as well as performing all her official duties.

But shortly afterwards she became too ill to carry out further official visits.

In July 1956 she attended the Sovereign's Parade at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, as the sovereign's representative, and inspected the cadets on parade.

On Sunday congregations at churches in Camberley, Frimley, Windlesham, Bagshot and Lightwater remembered her in their prayers.

Rev Neil Turton, who took the service at St Mary's Church in Camberley, said: "We included Princess Margaret in our prayers. We spoke of the Princess and prayed for her family and other families, great or small, who go through losing somebody. It's very sad."

The Lord Lieutenant of Surrey, Sarah Goad, said: "We will all remember her in her younger days as a vivacious and beautiful princess. She had in many ways a not very happy later life, but she was a great lover of the arts and very loyal to the many organisations of which she was patron."