Royal visit marks school’s 40th birthday

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THE Duke of Gloucester helped a school named after his late brother celebrate its 40th anniversary.

Prince Richard unveiled a commemorative plaque at Prince William School in Oundle yesterday, 40 years to the day after it was officially opened by his brother, in whose honour it was named.

Assistant headteacher Graham Snelling said: “We feel honoured that the Duke accepted our invitation and came along to see us.

“He was able to meet a large cross section of the students, who were thrilled to meet someone like him.”

The Duke, who has an estate at Barnwell and regularly visits Oundle’s rowing club, of which he is patron, ate lunch with pupils before listening to the school’s award-winning jazz band.

He also observed a sixth-form biology practical lesson and watched a dance performance from pupils.

Catering pupils served the Duke lunch, which was attended by eight members of the school council, two pupils from each year group, staff and the school governors.

The Prince William School detachment of the Army Cadet Force provided a guard of honour for the Duke’s visit.