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HRH The Princess Royal visits Warwick

On Friday the 5th of November Warwick School was honoured to host HRH The Princess Royal, who came to celebrate the work of local charities and organisations, and to mark an important milestone in education – the completion of Project One Campus.

The Princess Royal was welcomed by children from local primary schools, as ten Brethren from the Lord Leycester Hospital formed a Guard of Honour. The Princess was then greeted by the Lord Lieutenant of Warwickshire, Tim Cox; Deputy Lieutenant, Clare Sawdon; High Sheriff, Cllr Min Willoughby de Broke; Cllr Peter Gilbert, Chairman of Warwick County Council; Warwick District Council Chairman, Cllr Neale Murphy; Mayor of Warwick, Cllr Richard Edgington, and Richard Nicholson, Principal of Warwick Independent Schools Foundation.

A host of local charities and organisations gathered in Warwick Hall to share their work and experiences during Covid-19 with the Princess. Richard Nicholson introduced the new project, Warwick - A Singing Town, which aims to bring singing permanently into the lives of young people in Warwick and promote the health and social benefits of singing. Pupils from St Mary Immaculate Catholic Primary School, one of ten Warwick schools involved in the scheme, performed for the Princess.

Pupils from Warwick Independent Schools Foundation’s Combined Cadet Force formed a Guard of Honour as Governors, staff and enthusiastic pupils from Warwick School, Warwick Junior School, King’s High, Warwick Prep and The Kingsley School lined up to greet the Princess following her visit to Warwick Hall.

After a tour of the King’s High School building, Her Royal Highness met several lucky pupils from Warwick Senior School and King’s High School, as well as two of the Foundation’s youngest pupils, Olivia from Warwick Prep School and Teddy from Warwick Junior School who both stepped on to the rostrum to present the Princess with flowers. 

Commenting on the Princess’ visit to Warwick as a whole, Richard Nicholson said: ‘Ma’am, it is singularly appropriate that your visit has concluded here, alongside our shared Sixth Form building. This is the physical space at the heart of ‘Project One Campus’ which gives the fullest expression to the ‘Best of Both Worlds.’ However, bricks and mortar, however impressive, merely facilitate opportunity; they provide the canvas on which to paint. It is people – it is each of us – through our deeds and words who make our ethos and philosophy live, and our relationships flourish.’

HRH The Princess Royal unveiling a plaque dedicated to Project One Campus