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The Countess of Chester to receive an honorary doctorate

The Countess of Chester is to receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Chester in recognition of her commitment to promoting literacy and celebrating literature.

The Duchess of Cornwall, who in the capacity of Princess of Wales also uses the subsidiary title of the Countess of Chester, will receive her doctorate as she attends the university’s graduation ceremony on 16th March.

Her Royal Highness will receive a Doctorate of Letters in recognition of her inspiring leadership of initiatives promoting and encouraging literacy both in the UK and internationally.

She will collect her honour at the historic Chester Cathedral and will deliver a short speech.

Around 500 graduands will also be conferred their degrees during the ceremony from the University’s Chancellor, Dr Gyles Brandreth.

Her Royal Highness is Patron of the National Literacy Trust, Book Trust and First Story.  These are organisations aimed at promoting and supporting literacy in young people throughout the United Kingdom.

As an avid reader, the Duchess is keen to promote the benefits of reading to children and has read aloud to children at numerous events.

As well as supporting the 500 words competition, for the past few years, the Duchess has presented the Man Booker Prize for Literature.

This will be Camilla’s third honorary doctorate. She previously received one from the University of Southampton and the University of Aberdeen in 2013 – an institution of which she is Chancellor of.

In 2007, the Duchess watched on as her husband, the Earl of Chester received an honorary doctorate at the University of Chester.

On arrival at the cathedral, Camilla will be robed in the Cathedral with a doctoral gown. She will then take a seat on the platform in front of the Nave.

Following the postgraduate and undergraduate degrees being presented, the Public Orator will deliver an “encomium” about HRH’s literacy work before she is presented with the award and delivers a short speech.

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