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The Princess Royal opens new teaching facilities at the University of Cumbria

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.

  • Mr. Christian

    Dear Princess Royal: I just want to give a different view of the limitations of STEM education in itself from the perspective of two Fellows of the Royal Society, Bernhard Riemann and Albert Einstein. Both maintained that the best scientists were deeply religious in the best way; because they sought out the order of natural law, and tried to puzzle out “God’s thoughts.” Refecting on this many religious people may not find it as strange as it seems. Albert Einstein also maintained that the greatest scientific, technical breakthroughs were usually attained by those who merged classical art with science. A wonderful example of this, whom I am certain you have studied from his original works is Leonardo da Vinci, who sought to combine all the sciences, art, and religion as best he could. And, although this is not necessary, physically he also was considered beautiful in look and dress, being believed to be the model for the best Renaissance bronze statue of David, and he also designed costumes and dress for the Court of Milan.

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