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The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will visit
Pangbourne College to celebrate its Centenary

Tuesday 9th May 2017

Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh will visit Pangbourne College, Berkshire, on the occasion of the school’s centenary.

Upon arrival, The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will be met by the Headmaster and Chairman of Governors of Pangbourne College. Her Majesty and His Royal Highness will proceed to the Falkland Islands Memorial Chapel, accompanied by the Bishop and College Chaplain, to attend a service to mark the school’s centenary.

After the service, The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will meet current students, parents, staff and College alumni.

After lunch, The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will watch a College Parade, reflecting the College’s longstanding military connection. During the Parade, The Queen will present a new military flag, or ‘colour’, to the College.

The Queen will present The Queen’s Gold Medal to two students before departing.

Founded in 1917 as a training college for officers of the merchant navy, Pangbourne College is now a co-educational boarding and day school for 400 pupils aged between 11-18. Ceremonial traditions, such as Parades, are still practiced with a modern focus on the development of social and leadership skills for the future.

The Queen’s Gold Medal is awarded every year to the Chief Cadet Captain of the College. The award was first presented in 1927 by the then Prince of Wales, and was, until 1953, called the King’s Gold Medal. Since 2008, two Queen’s Gold Medals have been awarded annually, one each to the male and female Chief Cadet Captain of College.

The Falkland Islands Memorial Chapel was opened in 2000 by Her Majesty The Queen on her third visit to Pangbourne College. The Queen last visited Pangbourne College in June 2007, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, to attend a Service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving to commemorate the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Liberation of the Falklands Islands.

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