University vice-chancellor David Llewellyn says he is “delighted” the Princess has accepted its offer to continue her association with the institution.

Harper Adams University has announced The Princess Royal as its first chancellor.

Princess Anne oversees the opening of Princess Royal Hall – named in her honour – during her last visit to Harper Adams in November 2012.Princess Anne – who is patron of more than 200 organisations, including the British Equine Veterinary Association and Edinburgh’s Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies – has been an honorary fellow of Harper Adams since 2006 and has visited the university on several occasions to formally open a number of new facilities.

The Princess Royal Hall, a residential block for students, was named in her honour during her last visit in November 2012.

University vice-chancellor David Llewellyn said: “We are delighted The Princess Royal has accepted our invitation to continue her association with Harper Adams by becoming our first ever chancellor.

“The Princess Royal has been immensely supportive of our work during previous visits, and news of her appointment has been warmly welcomed by our staff and students.”

Chairman of the university’s board of governors Roger Mercer said: “This is a tremendous honour for the university.

“Her appointment will be of immense benefit to the entire university community and we look forward to welcoming Her Royal Highness back to Harper Adams in the not too distant future.”

As the chancellor, Princess Anne is the ceremonial figurehead of the university, and will participate in conferring degrees at graduations. She may also act in an ambassadorial capacity for the institution, both nationally and internationally.

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