The Princess Royal travelled to Carlisle on Wednesday to visit the University of Cumbria.
Her Royal Highness she officially opened the university’s new teaching block, which houses new facilities for the institution’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) programme.
On arrival, Princess Anne was greeted by dignitaries including the High Sheriff of Cumbria, Alistair Wannop, Vice Chairman of Cumbria County Council, Councillor Elizabeth Mallinson, The Mayor of Carlisle, Councillor Trish Vasey and Town Clerk and Chief Executive of Carlisle Council, Dr Jason Gooding.
Hosted by Vice-Chancellor Professor Julie Mennell during the visit, Her Royal Highness met with members of staff and university partners who explained the various strands of the university’s provision and the importance of collaborative working within the county and region.
Towards the end of the visit, The Queen’s daughter gave a short address to staff, students and guests in which she commented on the importance of the university’s role in the county and the opportunity it now has, entering its second decade, to “build history”.
The visit to the University of Cumbria is the first engagement that Princess Anne has carried out since returning from a week-long visit to Peru on Monday.
While in the Latin American country, Her Royal Highness was part of the team who officially awarded the 2024 Olympic Games to Paris and the 2028 Olympics to Los Angeles.
She also visited the International Potato Centre in Lima. and unveiled a commemorative statue to Admiral Guise in Plaza Grau.
Back on Monday, after visiting the University of Cumbria, Her Royal Highness moved north to the Lochcarron of Scotland to mark their 70th Anniversary. As President of the UK Fashion and Textile Association, Princess Anne joined in celebrations as the world’s leading manufacturer of tartan celebrated this special occasion.
Finally, the 67-year-old royal opened the new Glasshouse at JG Shanks and Son, a dairy farm in Hawick.