The Duke of Cambridge, Patron of the DNRC Appeal attended the handover of the newly built Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre earlier today.
Prime Minister Theresa May joined William and The Duke of Westminster for today’s event.
The Centre is built on The Stanford Hall Estate in Nottinghamshire.
The Centre will provide world-class rehabilitation facilities for members of the Armed Forces who have suffered major trauma or injury during their service and will be a 21st-century successor to Headley Court. A national civilian facility is also intended for the same site.
The DNRC, was the idea of the 6th Duke of Westminster, who led the £300m fundraising drive with a personal gift of £70m.
Sadly the 6th Duke of Westminster died in 2016 and would not see the plan come to fruition.
The 7th Duke of Westminster, on behalf of his formally handed over the gift of the DNRC to the Prime Minister who accepted on behalf of the nation.
This event recognised the handover of the Defence establishment to the nation marking the effort that has gone into making it happen.
During the handover ceremony, Prince William made a speech, read the winning entry of the DNRC’s ‘A Poem to Remember’ national poetry competition, and unveiled a statue of Major General Sir Robert Jones.
Jones is recognised as the founder of modern orthopaedic surgery and rehabilitation.
HRH met with some of those involved in building the DNRC during a short reception.