A Doctorate for The Duchess

The Duchess of Cornwall was in Chester today to attend the University of Chester’s graduation ceremony as well as receive an honorary doctorate in recognition of her commitment to promoting literacy and celebrating literature.

The Countess of Chester as Camilla is also known (Prince Charles in The Earl of Chester), is a tireless supporter of literacy. From being Patron of the National Literacy Trust, Book Trust, Beanstalk and First Story, to supporting the 500 Words Competition, Camilla is the champion for literacy among the Royal Family.

In her role as the honorary judge for 500 Words, she has actively supported the BBC Radio 2’s competition created to encourage creative writing for young people.

In 2017, close to 132,000 children entered the contest, with the six winning stories revealed at the finale, live from the Tower of London. This years finale on 8 June will be live from Hampton Court Place.

On arrival at the cathedral, HRH was robed in the Cathedral with a doctoral gown, then took her seat on the platform in front of the Nave.

Following the granting of the postgraduate and undergraduate degrees, University’s Chancellor, Dr Gyles Brandreth presented HRH with the award.

Following the ceremony, HRH met a group of students from the University to learn more about their plans as they study to become nurses, midwives, teachers and police officers.

Camilla also met guests from the University, Cathedral, City of Chester and the local community before being presented with a short story from Year Six pupils at the University Church Free School in Chester.

In 2007, Prince Charles received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters in recognition of his dedication and commitment to the Prince’s Trust, and the promotion of its work and mission as the UK’s leading youth charity during his visit to the University with his wife.

Charles and Camilla have honorary degrees from the University of Aberdeen, where the Countess is Chancellor. The University of Chester is the first higher education institution in England to award both The Earl of Chester and The Countess of Chester an honorary degree.

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