Prince Charles to visit Cambridge market before moving on to Homerton College and AstraZeneca
Prince Charles is visiting Cambridge market today, before moving on to Homerton College and then the official unveiling of AstraZeneca’s £1bn R&D centre.
The Prince of Wales will be met at the market by the Lord-Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, Julie Spence and the bells of Great St Mary’s Church will ring on his arrival.
The public are invited to watch the royal visit today.
He will pass by the Cambridge Satchel Shop and meet staff outside. A local school choir was due to sing carols under a Christmas tree, but that has been called off following public health advice.
His Royal Highness is due to visit Peter Graves Florists on the market and meet the Graves family, who have been trading since 1958.
He will visit Alister & Garon Books, a second-hand book stall, a family run fruit and veg stall, a stall selling a selection of Nigerian specialities and J Reynolds Sweets, which has been trading since 1820.
The prince will then visit the University of Cambridge’s Homerton College to discuss access to education and learn of the college’s vision to welcome and support students from diverse backgrounds.
He will be received by Deputy Lord Lieutenant Karen Daber, who will introduce him to college principal Lord Woolley, who will then present Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, Professor Stephen J Toope.
After a private meeting with Lord Woolley, His Royal Highness will meet representatives of the Isaac Newton Trust.
The trust was founded in 1988 by Trinity College to promote learning, research and education in the University of Cambridge, by providing support to early-career researchers and to departments and programmes within the university.
The prince will then meet college officers at Queen’s Wing Arch before joining a briefing and discussion in the Griffin Bar on ’Get In Cambridge’ and other initiatives to support diversity in admissions and to support ethnic minority students during their time at Cambridge.
In the Combination Room, His Royal Highness is due to meet supporters and student ambassadors of Homerton’s unique co-curricular Changemakers Programme - the college’s programme designed to equip students with the tools to become ambassadors for social change.
His visit to Homerton will conclude in the marquee, where he will join a reception with the staff, students, donors, the welfare team, and academic fellows, to learn about student and staff wellbeing, in particular during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Among those attending will be representatives fo Teach First, of which Prince Charles is patron.
The prince will sign the visitors’ book and unveil a plaque to mark the occasion.
Homerton is Cambridge’s largest college by student numbers. It was formerly a renowned teacher training college, but became a full college of the University of Cambridge in 2010.
Following his visit to Homerton, Prince Charles will head to the Cambridge Biomedical Campus for a tour of biopharmaceutical company AstraZeneca’s stunning £1bn R&D site, called The Discovery Centre, or DISC.