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Memorial University will bestow its highest honour upon the Princess Royal, the colonel-in-chief of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment, during her visit to Newfoundland and Labrador this week.
The daughter of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will receive an honorary doctorate of laws degree in a special convocation to take place at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 23, 2010, in the D.F. Cook Recital Hall, located in the School of Music on the St. John’s campus.
The Princess Royal will be visiting the province to present new colours to the 1st battalion of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment (RNR) and to participate in a variety of other activities being co-ordinated by the regiment.
Honorary degree recipients are chosen by the university’s Senate. The honorary doctorate degree is designed to recognize extraordinary contributions to society or exceptional intellectual or artistic achievement.
Memorial has had a long and distinguished association with the Royal Family, including the naming of the university’s main library in honour of Queen Elizabeth II.
During a royal visit in 1964, the previous colonel-in-chief of the RNR and holder of the title Princess Royal, Princess Mary, was awarded an honorary degree by Memorial University.