Last night, as patron of the Defence National Rehabilitation Centre (DNRC), the Duke of Cambridge attended a black-tie gala in support of the new centre.
Held at the Imperial War Museum and organised by the City Veterans’ Network, Prince William joined the other guests in the £300 million initiative to create one of the top centre’s for injured members of the Armed Forces. The Prince pulled full patron duties, even greeting the other guests on the red carpet.
The project was first started by the late Duke of Westminster, but the DNRC is funded by charitable donations. Speaking to the 300 guests at the third annual gala before dinner, Prince William remembered the Duke of Westminster as a “dedicated reservist”.
He added on: “In his closing days as a senior reservist, he saw the terrible price paid by some of the men and women of our armed forces when injured serving the nation.
“He wanted to ensure that these men and women received the very best clinical help to get them on their journey back into work and into life beyond injury.
“Gerald resolved to do something about it and in typical fashion, he launched this remarkable initiative himself.
“With a personal gift of £50 million, he made the first step towards building what will become a 21st-century version of Headley Court.”
The Duke of Cambridge also found a way to bring up his son, Prince George to the attendees mostly from the financial sector.
“I have been repeatedly impressed by both the speed and ambitious scale of this endeavour,” he said.
“I was present at the end of 2014 when the first building was demolished to make way for the new construction.
“George was very envious as I got to drive a digger.”
The MoD expects the centre to be open at Stanford Hall, near Loughborough. It will be four times of Headley Court and will provide “pioneering treatments.”