THE PRINCESS Royal visited Coventry to celebrate the University of Warwick’s 50th anniversary.
Princess Anne, the second child and only daughter of The Queen and Prince Philip, met with academics, students and administrative staff from across the University to mark 50 years since the university was awarded its Royal Charter of Incorporation.
The Princess unveiled a commemorative stone – inscribed with a message celebrating the University’s 50th birthday – which will go on to be used as a foundation stone in the new Teaching and Learning Building, due to open in 2016.
Visiting the International Digital Laboratory, Her Royal Highness was received by Warwick’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Nigel Thrift, and local dignitaries before learning of the university’s development and current activities.
The Princess Royal’s visit follows on from Warwick being named as one the world’s top 100 universities in all three international university rankings for the first time ever.
Describing University staff and students as ‘delighted’ to welcome Princess Anne for the University, Professor Sir Nigel Thrift, said: “Her Royal Highness’s visit to the University to unveil the foundation stone for our new Teaching and Learning building is a fitting occasion to reflect on our history and commemorate our most successful year.
“As we look ahead to the next fifty years we are honoured that Her Royal Highness joined us today as we mark the beginning of a new chapter in Warwick’s success.”