Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Visit Coventry

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Tuesday 16th January, 2018

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit Coventry for a day of engagements on Tuesday 16th January.

Their Royal Highnesses will begin the day at Coventry Cathedral. Constructed mainly in the 15th Century, the original building was destroyed by Luftwaffe bombs on 14th November 1940. After a short tour of the ruins of the original building The Duke and Duchess will have the opportunity to meet members of the local community gathered there. Their Royal Highnesses will proceed into the new cathedral, completed in 1962 and consecrated that year in the presence of The Queen. The Duke and Duchess will hear about the history of the Cathedral before taking part in the Coventry Litany of Reconciliation. The Litany is prayed by those inspired by the story of Coventry Cathedral, aimed at healing the wounds of history and building a culture of peace. The Duke and Duchess will meet members of the choir before having a cup of tea with staff and volunteers at the Rising Café, a social enterprise aimed at providing work and opportunity for those overcoming drug and alcohol addictions.

The Duke and Duchess will travel on to Coventry University where they will open the new Science and Health Building. The University is one of the fastest growing in the country, with more than 26,000 students. The £59 million Science and Health Building trains nurses, midwives, paramedics and other health professionals using the latest technology and simulation methods. It is the only facility of its kind in the UK, where students can learn to care for a patient at every stage of their medical experience; from paramedics arriving at their house and their ambulance journey, to their stay in hospital, through to their rehabilitation at home. Their Royal Highnesses will meet students before following the journey of a fictional patient through the various areas of specialty taught at the faculty, from the Paramedic Ambulance Simulator and operating theatre to the rehabilitation area and adapted living ‘houses’. The Duke and Duchess will formally open the new building before departing.

Finally Their Royal Highnesses will see first-hand the work of the Positive Youth Foundation in the city. The Foundation works with young people who find themselves living in challenging circumstances. Services are delivered which enable the young people to make positive lifestyle choices. It provides education programmes for excluded young people or those at risk of a range of social issues. The Foundation also provides community sessions for young people newly arrived into the UK and a variety of other support programmes, working with over 2,500 young people each year. The charity formed an integral part of Coventry’s successful UK City of Culture 2021 bid. The Duke and Duchess will tour the Centre, meeting staff members, volunteers and service users, watching demonstrations of music, boxing and workshops.

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