Princess Anne received an honorary degree from her sister-in-law, the Duchess of Cornwall, yesterday in Aberdeen.
The Duchess of Rothesay, as Camilla is known in Scotland, presented the Princess Royal with her honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws from the University of Aberdeen. The Duchess is the university’s chancellor after taking up the role in 2013.
The university nominated Anne for the award due to her charity work. She is involved with over 300 charities and organisations.
As Princess Anne is the chancellor of the University of Edinburgh, Camilla said during the ceremony that she didn’t know if there was “a collective noun for chancellors.”
She then joked as she said, “Ladies and gentlemen, we shall have no talk of rivalry today.”
Her Royal Highness continued saying, “But I might just casually observe that, while we are to celebrate our 525th birthday next month, the University of Edinburgh is comparatively youthful – a mere 437-years-old.”Embed from Getty Images
Camilla then went on saying, “I will finish with a quotation from Nan Shepherd, famously she wrote in her book, The Quarry Wood, ‘It’s a grand thing to get leave to live.
“This is a university with an extraordinary heritage of giving its students and its graduates leave to live.
“You will no doubt continue to do so over the next 525 years.”
The Princess Royal said it was a “real honour” to be recognised and receive the honorary degree.
She then spoke about Professor Janet Darbyshire, who also received an honorary degree, for her work in clinical sciences. The Princess then spoke about the Dennis Law Trust which received a special award for their outstanding work to the community.
The royal pair then moved on to a meet and greet reception.