On Friday The Countess of Chester attended a graduation ceremony at Chester Cathedral where she received an honorary doctorate in recognition of her commitment to promoting literacy and celebrating literature.
Former city MP and TV celebrity Gyles Brandreth, now Chancellor of the University of Chester, presented the award to The Duchess of Cornwall who is also the Countess of Chester.
The Duchess of Cornwall’s work has always had a strong focus on encouraging a love of reading and writing. As she left the ceremony, The Duchess of Cornwall met 10 Year 6 students for the University Church Free School based in Union Street opposite Chester’s Grosvenor Park.
The children presented her with a selection of their creative writing prepared in honour of the Royal visit. Each child wrote very short stories, no more than 75 words, which were centred around royal themes. This included Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding and the imminent arrival of Prince George and Prince Charlotte’s baby brother or sister.
The Duchess of Cornwall, who in the capacity of Princess of Wales also uses the subsidiary title of the Countess of Chester.
In 2007, the Prince of Wales, who is the Earl of Chester, received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters. This was for his personal commitment and dedication to the Prince’s Trust and the promotion of its work and mission as the UK’s leading youth charity. The Prince of Wales was absent at Friday’s ceremony.
Around 500 University of Chester students graduated on Friday during the same ceremony. Sir Peter Fahy was also present to receive an honorary Doctor of Laws in recognition of his outstanding contribution in his role as Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police and previously Cheshire Constabulary.