The Princess Royal received an honorary degree for a lifetime of charitable work – from her sister-in-law, the Duchess of Cornwall.
Camilla, Chancellor of the University of Aberdeen, joked that there would be “no discussion of rivalry” as she presented the honor to Anne, who is Chancellor of the University of Edinburgh.
Anne, who is involved with 300 charities in the UK and abroad, including as a patron of Save the Children, received a doctor of law at a ceremony at the University’s Elphinstone Hall on Tuesday .
Camilla, known as the Duchess of Rothesay in Scotland, said, “I don’t know if there is a collective name for chancellors, but my sister-in-law is, of course, also chancellor of another great university. Scottish University of Edinburgh. .
“Ladies and gentlemen, we will not talk about rivalry today.
“But I could just casually observe that, as we celebrate our 525th anniversary next month, the University of Edinburgh is relatively young – barely 437 years old.”
The Princess Royal said it was a “real honor” to be recognized by the university.
She began her first public engagement at the age of 18 and has since had one of the busiest work schedules of all members of the royal family.
In her speech, Anne paid tribute to her colleague who received an honorary degree, Professor Janet Darbyshire, recognized for her work in clinical science, whom she said she had met through Save the Children.
Previously the director of the Clinical Research Unit’s clinical trials unit, Ms. Darbyshire’s study of diseases such as HIV and tuberculosis has improved prevention and treatment around the world.
The Denis Law Legacy Trust, which supports children and youth through its Streetsport project, received a special award for its exceptional services to the community.
The Princess Royal said she met the ex-footballer when the front row seats were shared at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year ceremony in Aberdeen in December.
“There is no doubt that his affection for him here in Aberdeen,” she told the guests.
The University of Aberdeen was founded in February 1495 – what Chancellor Camilla said “by happy coincidence” was the year of the first written record of the distillation of Scottish whiskey.
She said, “Next month, your proud Chancellor will make sure she toasts your birthday with a little dram.”
The Duchess then attended the official opening of the Banchory Sports Village on Royal Deeside, where the royal family traditionally spends a summer break at Balmoral Castle.