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Duke of York visits Orion laser facility in Berkshire

His Royal Highness the Duke of York has visited the world-leading Orion laser facility at the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) in Berkshire.

Orion is a high-powered laser, the size of a football pitch and is one of the largest capital science investments in the UK

The Duke toured as UK Patron of the International Year of Light 2015. Credit: AWE

It is not often that people get the chance to really appreciate the work that goes on at AWE. What you are doing is absolutely important. Your establishment and in particular Orion, present an exciting opportunity for young people interested in a career in science and technology.

– Duke of York

The Duke, who is a UK Patron of the International Year of Light 2015, met with scientific figures who explained the workings of the laser.