The Duke of Edinburgh declared himself the ‘world’s most experienced plaque unveiler’, as he opened new arts facilities at a community college yesterday.
Prince Philip visited Richmond Adult Community College, London, to open a new arts facility. While there, the Duke was treated to songs from ‘West Side Story’, performed by cast members with Down syndrome, during his tour of the college. RACC offers over 2,000 courses, including special sessions for those with learning difficulties.
The Duke observed life-drawing, calligraphy, and even hand massage during his time there. Following the tour he was presented with a glass tile created by one of the tutors at the college, before he officially declared the building open.
The 93-year-old demonstrated his famous sense of humour, cracking a joke before he unveiled a plaque: ‘Ladies and gentlemen, you are now going to see the world’s most experienced plaque unveiler.’
Philip unveiled the plaque, which commemorated his visit and the facility’s opening, with some flair. His claim may well be true, the Duke having been performing Royal duties such as this alongside his wife, The Queen, since the late 1940s.
Mayor of Richmond Martin Seymour said: ‘It was wonderful to see the prince here, because this is such a terrific service for people locally.’
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