HRH Princess Royal visited Harper Adams University College on Tuesday (October 30) to open a new hall of residence named after herself. Find out what else she got up to during her visit…

HRH Princess Royal has officially opened a new hall of residence at Harper Adams University College.

HRH Princess Royal unveils the plaque to officially open the new hallThe £1.6 million building – named Princess Royal Hall, with the consent of the HM The Queen – is now home to 55 students, some of whom met Her Royal Highness when she visited the college.

During her tour of the new hall, Princess Anne visited students to talk about their time at the college. She also received gifts from a student warden and a first-year pupil.

The Princess also toured the campus during her visit to learn about developments at the college. Her first stop was the first National Centre for Precision Farming (NCPF) seminar where she enjoyed a presentation by NCPF director Simon Blackmore on the importance of engineering, robotics and ‘smart’ systems in precision farming. She also visited a new engineering building, the university’s indoor field and the bioenergy centre.

Princess Anne also met a few of the students residing at the hallShe finished her visit by unveiling the plaque to officially open and name the residence hall.

Harper Adams principal David Llewellyn said: “’We were very pleased to be able to welcome Her Royal Highness back to Harper Adams and to provide an opportunity for her to see some of our latest work. It was particularly good that a number of our students were able to meet the Princess and discuss their plans to work in the agri-food sector, where the skills they are developing at the University College will play a vital role in securing our future food supplies.”

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