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Princess Anne visits West Cumbria

The Royal has two engagements in West Cumbria: Opening the Whitehaven Campus and also Gen2's new head office. Credit: PA

Princess Anne has two royal engagements in West Cumbria today.

The Princess Royal is opening The Whitehaven Campus, which combines St Benedict's Catholic High School with Mayfield School.

The £30 million education campus opened its doors to pupils in January 2019, but is holding its official opening today.

The princess was welcomed to the school by pupils waving flags and presenting her with flowers before she was given a tour of the new facilities.

We are looking forward to showing our guests around the new facilities, giving them the opportunity to meet our hardworking staff and pupils and see some of the fruits of their labours.

– Steve Bridgman, Acting Head Teacher
Princess Anne at the new Whitehaven Campus. Credit: ITV Border

Funding for Whitehaven Campus came from a range of partners including the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, Copeland Community Fund, and Cumbria County Council.

Sellafield Ltd invested the first ten million into the project. Jamie Reed, head of corporate affairs, said: "This is the biggest single investment in education in Whitehaven since the 1960s."

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The Princess will then go on to open Gen2's newly built head office at Lillyhall, Workington, in her role as President of The City and Guilds of London Institute.

Gen2 is one of the country's leading apprentice training providers and is part of The City and Guilds Group, as well as The City and Guilds Institute of Advanced Technology.

During the Gen2 opening Princess Anne will have the opportunity to speak to local apprentices and hear about their studies.

The Princess Royal is President of the City and Guilds of London Institute, so it is extremely fitting and a great honour to welcome her Royal Highness to Gen2.

– Gen2 Spokesman

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