Her visit was commemorated in two ways. Firstly, she unveiled a specially-designed piece of artwork bearing her name in the main reception area. Afterwards, the princess was taken to the Walk of Life in the hospice’s extensive grounds, where a paving stone bearing her name had been placed.
The landmark building, in Titnore Lane, serves Worthing, Adur, Arun and Henfield, plus some of the nearby villages. When it was opened, it comprised a 20-bed in-patient unit housed in five wings and a day hospice which could cater for up to 18 patients each day.
After the official opening, the princess was taken on a private tour of the state-of-the art building to meet patients and staff, who had moved in in March 2011, after eight years of planning and two years of construction, at a cost of £13.5million. The original St Barnabas, situated less than a mile away in Columbia Drive, was founded nearly 50 years ago by Dr Francis Gusterson.