The Queen is to visit Royal Holloway University in March to celebrate the award of the Diamond Jubilee Professorship of Music.
Her Majesty, joined by the Duke of Edinburgh, will visit the university which is located in Egham, on March 14, where she will take part in a special ceremony to recognise the Department of Music’s high level of quality.
During the visit, the Queen will present the university with a Regius Professorship, which are a rare privilege and only two have been created in the past century.
The award was given to Royal Holloway’s department of music by the monarch to mark her Diamond Jubilee, which she celebrated in 2012.
“We are delighted that Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh will be visiting Royal Holloway to celebrate this Regius Professorship award,” Professor Paul Layzell, of the university, said.
He added: “It is a great honour that our Department of Music has been given such world-class recognition, confirming its position as one of the best in the country.”
Royal Holloway last received a visit from the Queen in 1986, when she inaugurated the Royal Holloway and Bedford New College following the two colleges merging. During the royal visit, Her Majesty opened the new Earth Sciences Building.
Most recently, the Egham campus was used for the filming of Downton Abbey’s Christmas Day Special, which was watched by nearly ten million viewers on ITV.
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