Rather than stay at home to help put up bunting ready for the big wedding, Her Majesty the Queen, visited Cambridge University to open a major new environmental research facility. 


Not wanting to miss out on the celebrations at Cambridge,  HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince William's grandfather, was shown around the state-of-the-art centre, made possible by an £82 million grant from Lord Sainsbury's  Gatsby Foundation.  The charity's aim is to address some of the key environmental problems threatening the world today, including the increasing strain on the world's food supplies.

"The opening of the Sainsbury Laboratory is one of this century's most significant moments in British Science. It results from the inspired philanthropy of David Sainsbury, who has worked, from the outset, in close partnership with the best academic minds both here in Cambridge and around the world,"  Cambridge University Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz said:

After the Chancellor’s speech the Queen unveiled a plaque to mark the official opening of the building.  The Queen and Prince Phillip were then driven to central Cambridge to meet members of the public keen to catch a glimpse of the couple ahead of today’s Royal Wedding.

College Domestic Bursar John Harris said: "The College is honoured and delighted that the Queen agreed to be present in the College. This visit marks the highlight of the College's Quincentenary, coming as it does within 3 weeks of the actual date the College was founded, 6 April 1511. It was a memorable afternoon."

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