Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, has opened a new building at Oxford University – the Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre – assisted by a Malaysian Sultan, after whom the building was named.
Camilla was greeted at Worcester College by local civic and university dignitaries, as well as Sultan Nazrin Shah of Perak at her engagement yesterday.
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The Sultan, an alumini of the college, cut the ribbon on the £7.3 million new Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre, before assisting the Duchess in unveiling a plaque in the building’s auditorium.
Located by the college lake and overlooking the gardens and cricket pavilion, the building is a world-class venue for conferences and events.
Worcester College was founded in 1714, but there has been an institution of learning on the site since the late 13th century. It boasts 26 acres of award winning gardens and its buildings now range from the medieval to the brand new conference centre.
The Royals were entertained with a violin recital, a dramatic performance, choral singing and a tour of the new facilities.
Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah ibni Almarhum Sultan Azlan Muhibbuddin Shah Al-Maghfur-lah – to give him his full title – is the 35th Sultan of Perak, and in October 2016 was elected Deputy Yang Di-Pertuan Agong – or Deputy King – of Malaysia.
Camilla is also due to meet the Sultan again on her tour of South-East Asia with Prince Charles later this year.
In addition to the BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics he gained at Worcester College, the Sultan also holds MPA and PhD degrees from Harvard.
Camilla’s son, Tom, attended Oxford, so no doubt the visit brought back memories for her.
The Duchess’s engagement at Worcester College comes the day after she presented the Man Booker Prize to author George Saunders and the announcement that The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s third child is due to be born next April.