Cranfield University welcomes Royalty

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Cranfield University welcomed royalty to its Bedfordshire campus for the unveiling of a commemorative plaque.

The Duke of Kent was greeted by the Lord Lieutenant of Bedfordshire Helen Nellis, the chief executive of Central Beds Council Richard Carr and the vice-chancellor of the university professor Sir John O’Reilly.

HRH Prince Edward unveiled a commemorative plaque and officially named the refurbished Kent House building when he visited on Friday, October 26.

He spent the remainder of the morning touring the campus in his role as ‘visitor’, viewing the newly re-developed Learning and Teaching Centre, which offers state-of-the-art lecture spaces as well as smaller group and individual study areas for students.

He said: “I am always delighted to be invited to Cranfield, as visitor. I have seen many new and exciting developments carried out across the university, including new research facilities, new halls of residence and the refurbishment of many other buildings.

“I am honoured to have been asked to officially name Kent House and I hope that it provides an excellent working environment.”

Both Kent House and the Learning and Teaching Centre have been refurbished as part of the university’s commitment to collaboration in research and learning, and to promoting an enhanced sense of community at the heart of the campus with a focus on sustainability.

Later, His Royal Highness visited several of Cranfield’s industrial-scale facilities including the Precision Engineering Institute, which houses one of the most accurate diamond machining facilities in the world.

He also toured the Airbus supported Advanced Robotic Wing Manufacture facility, and saw how large robotic ‘arms’ can improve aerospace manufacturing processes.