On Tuesday, November 29, 2016, Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visited the Fitzwilliam Museum at the University of Cambridge in Cambridge, England. The purpose of their visit was to celebrate the museum’s 200th anniversary as well as to celebrate the 600th anniversary of the Cambridge University Library.
According to the official website for the Fitzwilliam Museum the royal couple met with students :
“…from King’s Hedges School and Soham Village College engaged in their educational activities. The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall met staff from the Museum, and were shown treasures from the Fitzwilliam’s collection including a unique sculpture in wax, Arabesque over the Right Leg, Left Arm in Front, by Edgar Degas and a European medieval illuminated manuscript.
Staff from the Cambridge University Library demonstrated the latest digitization techniques, and displayed rare items from the UL’s collection including a copy of Charles Darwin’s On the origin of species by means of natural selection (1859) and Andreas Vesalius De humani corporis fabrica librorum epitome (1543).
Also at the Fitzwilliam, Their Royal Highnesses met with representatives of University-led and local outreach, education and development initiatives including the Cambridge-Africa Programme, the Cambridge Development Initiative, the Research for Equitable Access and Learning Centre, the Campaign for Female Education, and the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, of which The Prince is Patron. They were then introduced to foreign students awarded the prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarships.”
For more information about today’s visit as well as to watch a video and view a photo gallery please click here.