A ROYAL visitor heads into town tomorrow.
His Royal Highness The Duke of York is coming to the University of Huddersfield’s Queensgate Campus.
Prince Andrew will officially open the University’s International Study Centre, enjoy lunch with local businessmen and later present awards for the Duke’s own Community Initiative.
The prince will be escorted by the Lord-Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, Dr Ingrid Roscoe, who received an honorary award from the University in 2007, and be welcomed to the campus by the University’s Vice-Chancellor, Prof Bob Cryan.
Also attending the visit will be the Mayor of Kirklees, Cllr Julie Stewart-Turner, and the High Sheriff of West Yorkshire, Mr Richard Clough.
The International Study Centre (ISC) offers international students a range of specialist preparation courses for advancement to a wide range of degree subjects at the University.
The University currently welcomes over 2,000 international students from over 130 countries and the Duke will meet some of these students during in his visit on Friday prior to opening the ISC.
He will be the special guest at a lunch on the campus for local businessmen in his role as the UK’s Special Representative for International Trade and Investment.
The Community Initiative Awards will be presented in St Paul’s Hall. The Duke founded the initiative in 1997 to actively encourage “the development of community spirit, individual leadership and initiatives” in Yorkshire and the Humber. The initiative supports projects through a dedicated award scheme and recognition of excellence.
The prince is expected to arrive about 12.45pm and leave at 3.45pm.