The Duke of York has been made an honorary fellow of a Cambridge college.
Today Prince Andrew, the third child of the Queen and Prince Philip, visited Cambridges Hughes Hall, to officially open its newest student accommodation block.
The prince, who studied at the Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth instead of going to university, also received an honorary fellowship from Hughes Hall, which is Cambridges oldest graduate college.
The honour was granted to the 58-year-old prince in recognition of his work to encourage young business entrepreneurs, such as his [email protected] initiative, which gives young business leaders an opportunity to pitch their ideas to influential investors.
During his visit, the prince also learnt about Hughes Halls new support scheme The Bridge, which aims to provide advice and guidance to researchers and students who want to see their ideas and discoveries succeed in the business and charity sphere.
He also opened the 85-room Gresham Court development, which was built using new low and zero carbon technologies.
The court has been designed to reflect the colleges international make up. Its main gate has been created with 116 marsh marigolds, each representing a country from the colleges global alumni community.
The prince was shown round the Wollaston Road college by its president Dr Anthony Freeling.
He said: “It is hugely important that we can provide facilities appropriate to our world-class standing so that we attract the brightest and best from around the world.
“Living in Gresham Court will enhance the time our students spend in Cambridge for decades to come.
“We are extremely grateful to everyone involved in the project, from the acquisition of the land to the architecture, design, project management and construction for creating such an attractive space appropriate to its setting."
Hughes Hall was named in honour of the colleges principal, Elizabeth Phillips Hughes, who died in 1925.
Initially a womens teacher training college, it became university-affiliated in 1948.
In 1973 it was the first all-female college to admit men, and received its Royal Charter in 2006, awarding it the status of a full college of the university.
Following his visit to Hughes Hall the prince also visited the Cambridge Judge Business School, where he is a patron of the Entrepreneurship Centre, to officially inaugurate the school's new Simon Sainsbury Centre.
Designed by Stirling Prize-winning architect Stanton Williams, the £32m centre, which adjoins the main Cambridge Judge site on Trumpington Street, provides 5,000 square metres of new teaching, meeting and dining space. It has been open to staff and students since the turn of the year.
His visit comes just over two weeks after his sister the Princess Royal also visited Cambridge.
Royals at Cambridge
Prince Andrew may now be a Cambridge fellow, but hes not the first in his family to have university connections.
While he was Prince of Wales Edward studied briefly at Cambridge in 1861, before being called away following the death of his father Prince Albert.
Rather than standard student digs, his mother Queen Victoria requisitioned the 16th century Madingley Hall as his accommodation.
The current Queens father studied history, economics and civics at Trinity College for a year in 1919.
However his elder brother Edward VIII had studied at Oxford, meaning Cambridge had to wait until the abdication crisis to see an alumni back on the throne.
The future king was the first heir to the throne to achieve a university degree, after studying anthropology, archaeology and history at Trinity College.
He was also part of Trinitys drama group, the Dryden Society, appearing in two of the societys annual productions. He received a masters from Cambridge in 1975.
Now styled the Duke of Cambridge, William spent 10 weeks studying in the city for a course in agricultural management.
He was tutored privately by academics at St Johns College, after commuting from Kensington Palace each morning by train.
The course included modules on rural and planning policy, farming and supply chains, site management, agricultural policy and conservation governance.