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HRH The Princess Royal attends Speech Day

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal flew in to Gresham’s by helicopter at the weekend to officially open Gresham’s new music school, the Britten Building and to hand out prizes to pupils at the annual Speech Day celebration.

The Princess Royal was the Guest of Honour for the Senior School Speech Day in her role as The Prime Warden of The Fishmongers’ Company.  As part of that role, she will be Gresham’s Ex Officio Governor.

Her Royal Highness was met by an excited group of Pre-Prep and Prep pupils who were eagerly waving Union Jack flags as she made her way to the School’s Memorial Chapel to enjoy a service for Upper Sixth leavers and their parents.

To commemorate the opening of the Britten Building, Gresham’s state of the art music school, The Princess Royal planted a tree outside and after a tour of the building and time spent chatting to donors and school governors, she unveiled a plaque in the building’s foyer.

Speeches took place in the School’s beautiful Theatre in the Woods, attended by pupils, parents, governors and staff.  Head of School, Zara Raslan (E) and Deputy Head of School, George Jefford (F) both gave speeches and closed them with a wonderful musical performance.  Gresham’s Chairman of Governors, Andrew Martin Smith announced that Cromer-born and former Gresham’s pupil, Sir James Dyson, will be a governor representing the Old Greshamian Club.

The Princess Royal handed out prizes to 80 pupils and took the time to speak to each one in turn.  After her departure by helicopter, guests enjoyed lunch and many stayed to watch a ‘Staff vs Leavers’ cricket match.