On October 29, 2015, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco arrived at Plymouth University in Plymouth, Devon, England, to officially open the new £4.85 million Marine Station.

According to the university’s official website the new two-story research station has:

“…teaching rooms with panoramic views of Plymouth Sound, a 120 square metre ‘wet lab’, where up to 50 students at a time can study samples, which can then be transferred to the aquarium facility served by continuous fresh seawater. 

[During today’s opening the sovereign prince] unveiled a plaque to signal the official opening.  He then took a tour of the building and met staff and students who use it as part of their marine biology and engineering degrees, and for research purposes.”