Buckingham Palace announced today that The Duke of York will represent the UK later this month at anniversary celebrations for CERN in Geneva, Switzerland.
The European Organisation for Nuclear Research (also known as CERN) is celebrating 60 years since its formation and will be holding a variety of activities throughout September to mark the occasion. Prince Andrew, at the request of Her Majesty’s Government, will attend an official ceremony at the organisation’s Geneva headquarters on the 29th September which aims to highlight “60 years of science for peace.”
The Duke of York aims to use the visit to raise awareness of and promote British science, technology and engineering expertise and will also meet and hold discussions with British scientists, business representatives and heads of international agencies on the trip.
According to a statement from Buckingham Palace;
“His Royal Highness is convinced that scientists and engineers make a crucial contribution to addressing pressing contemporary challenges and support the UK’s long-term prosperity.”
The Duke’s commitment to science and technology, along with education and skills development, have been prime focuses for many years. After completing his military service, he took up a role as the UK’s Special Representative for International Trade and Investment until 2011, promoting Britain as a destination for inward investment. His involvement with the iDEA and Pitch@Palace initiatives, which aim to help young people build their digital skills and accelerate the journeys of entrepreneurs and start-up businesses, are part of a range of organisations that Prince Andrew supports.
Additional information on the Duke’s science, technology and engineering activities and patronages can be found at the following website: