Friday, 24 Jan 2020

Camilla pays emotional tribute to Princess Anne in rare joint engagement

The pair are heading this morning to the University of Aberdeen, of which Camilla is the Chancellor. In this role, Camilla, who is known as Duchess of Rothesay when in Scotland, will confer upon the Princess Royal an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws. 

This degree acknowledges Princess Anne’s outstanding contribution to public life and work done over the past 40 years – a good part of which has been carried out in Scotland.

Out of the hundreds of patronages and associations supported by the Princess Royal, many of those focused on education and work with charities are based in Scotland.

The ceremony will be attended by approximately 400 guests, including university alumni, staff, students, industry leaders and supporters of the institution and the royals.

The Duchess of Cornwall will confer a second honorary degree during the day to Professor Janet Darbyshire. 

Having worked for decades in clinical science, she will receive the degree of Doctor of Science.

After the special graduation ceremony, taking place in Elphinstone Hall at King’s College, the Duchess will formally open Banchory Sports Village in Aberdeen.

On the other hand, Princess Anne will likely return to London after the ceremony, where she has three engagements to carry out tomorrow. 

The Princess Royal will kick-start the day with a visit at the Metropolitan Police Service Special Escort Group.

Later, she will attend a luncheon at the Royal Yachting Association, being its president.

Finally, she will take part in a dinner at the Corporation of Trinity House hosted by the National Coastwatch Institution, of which she is the royal patron.

Later this month, Camilla will attend a milestone event in Poland – a service at Auschwitz-Birkenau to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the concentration camp.

In a statement, Clarence House said: “The Duchess of Cornwall will attend commemorations in Poland to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of former Nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau.

“Her Royal Highness will attend a service at the former Auschwitz-Birkenau camp on Monday 27th January 2020, International Holocaust Remembrance Day. 

“Approximately 200 Auschwitz and Holocaust survivors from the United Kingdom and several other European countries, the United States, Canada, Israel and Australia will take part in the service.” 

In 2019, Princess Anne topped the list for the hardest-working royal for the third year in a row, having worked more days than any other member of the Royal Family – 165.

However, her brother Prince Charles could be considered the hardest-working if are counted the number of single engagements carried out – meaning he worked for fewer days but had a busier daily schedule. 

Camilla received the title of Duchess of Rothesay upon marrying Charles, known in Scotland as Duke of Rothesay, on April 9 2005.

This title is usually conferred to the heir apparent to the British throne.

Until 1707, it was given to the first-in-line to the Scottish throne – but after the Acts of Union, it was adopted by the heir to the throne in London.      

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