The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall to Present Queen’s Anniversary Prizes

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The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall during a tour of the Visitor Centre and the Walled Garden at the reopening of Hillsborough Castle and gardens in Northern Ireland.

THE PRINCE OF WALES AND THE DUCHESS OF CORNWALL WILL PRESENT THE QUEEN’S ANNIVERSARY PRIZES FOR HIGHER AND FURTHER EDUCATION FOR 2018-2020 AT BUCKINGHAM PALACE

Thursday 20th February 2020

The Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education for 2018-2020 will be presented by The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London.

22 UK universities and colleges have been awarded Prizes in recognition of a range of innovative work.

Their Royal Highnesses, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will arrive and meet key representatives from the Royal Anniversary Trust, including the Chairman, Sir Damon Buffini.

They will proceed to The Ballroom for the Prize Giving ceremony and photo opportunity. The Prince of Wales will present medals and The Duchess of Cornwall will distribute scrolls. Their Royal Highnesses will meet guests including Council Members and Trustees in the Blue Drawing Room. Their Royal Highnesses will then progress to meet Prize Winners (in two groups of eleven) in the Picture Gallery.

The Queen’s Anniversary Prizes are the highest National Honour awarded to UK colleges and universities. They are presented every two years to universities and colleges who submit work judged to show excellence, innovation, impact and deliver real public benefit.

Entries in the scheme are invited in any field or discipline and are subjected to rigorous independent assessment in a process managed by the Royal Anniversary Trust, an independent charity.

Work submitted is read by up to eight of the Trust’s 300 readers, drawn from a wide range of professions and disciplines and is referred to relevant specialist, technical and governmental sources for opinion and comment. Entries are reviewed and reported on anonymously and confidentially. The Awards Council of the Trust recommend the entries judged deserving of a Prize to The Queen, on the advice of the Prime Minister.

The creation of The Queen’s Anniversary Prizes was announced in Parliament in 1993 by the Prime Minister, with Her Majesty’s consent and with all-party support. The 2018—2020 round is the thirteenth round of The Queen’s Anniversary Prizes, the first round was announced in 1994 and to date, 275 Prizes have been awarded to 82 universities and 49 further education colleges. The Trust was established in 1990 to create a national programme of educational activities and other events marking the 40th anniversary of The Queen’s accession in 1992.

The Prize itself consists of a silver gilt medallion and a decorated and inscribed certificate granting the award, signed by Her Majesty The Queen.

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