It gives me great pleasure to announce that Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal (Princess Ann) has graciously consented to become the first Chancellor of the University of the Highlands and Islands.
The Chancellor is the titular head of the University and The Princess Royal’s role will be both ceremonial and ambassadorial, participating in conferring degrees at graduations as well representing the University in the UK and overseas.
“We are delighted The Princess Royal has accepted our invitation to be our first ever Chancellor,” said James Fraser, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of the Highlands and Islands. “We welcome her to the university. The Princess Royal has been a longtime supporter and has already visited many of our campuses. She joins us as we seek to develop a university which will have a transformational effect on the Highlands and Islands and attract national and international interest.” (James Fraser can be seen in the photo wearing a white shirt and blue tie.)
Professor Matthew MacIver, Chair of the University court added: “This is a great honour for the Highlands and Islands and I’m certain that the patronage of The Princess Royal will be a tremendous boon to all involved in the creation of our new University.”
A date for the formal installation of the new Chancellor is expected to be set for 2012. I hope to be there myself!
The Princess Royal is the only daughter of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.