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The Duchess of Rothesay presides over the installation of Aberdeen University Vice-Chancellor

The Duchess of Cornwall, or the Duchess of Rothesay as she is known in Scotland, has presided over the installation of Principal Professor George Boyne as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Aberdeen. The Duchess of Rothesay has served as Chancellor of the University since 2013.

In her speech, she said “May I congratulate you, Professor Boyne, on your new appointment. Famously, John Buchan said, ‘It’s a great life if you don’t weaken.’ Given that you are an Aberdonian yourself, I know you won’t weaken: Aberdonians are made of stern stuff. And given your deep understanding and experience of public sector administration, I know that you will be more than equal to the challenges involved in running a great university in the twenty-first century.”

She added, “Congratulations to everyone at the university on being named Scottish University of the Year for 2019. You are riding high and exciting developments are taking place all the time. May I also say how proud my husband and I were, earlier this year, to award The Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Health Services on behalf of Her Majesty. Today I am visiting your School for Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition at Foresterhill. This is one of several areas in medicine where you are doing new research and providing ever better services. And I much look forward to hearing more about it later.”

The Duchess also presented an Honorary Degree to Edward Stevenson, who has worked in the University’s biomedical physics department for 42 years and supported the pioneering team that created the world’s first clinical MRI scanner.

The Duchess of Rothesay then visited the Foresterhill campus and went on to meet with academics and students from the Centre for Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Health.