Royal VIP makes a Bea-line to academy and children’s hospice

Princess Bertrice at the opening of the Forget Me Not Hospice, Huddersfield.
Princess Bertrice at the opening of the Forget Me Not Hospice, Huddersfield.

A Halifax school had a right royal day - with a VIP visitor on the time-table.

Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice paid a visit to Trinity Academy at Holmfield to officially open the new multi-million pound state of the art building.

She was treated to of the facilities to see how young people are enjoying innovative learning opportunities, such as PE lessons that use iPads and television screens.

Princess Beatrice proved to be a safe pair of hands after she pulled the cord to unveil the plaque and quickly had to catch the curtain.

“I am honoured to be here to see this amazing place. You are all so lucky to be at an academy like this, to be at a school like this, where everything can be brought together locally. Where young people can be taught these amazing lifeskills in this amazing space and I thank everyone who has made this possible.”

She added: “I wish I came to a school like this. Thank you so much and enjoy every moment at school. It is the best time. Even though you are doing exams you are doing it in the best place and I wish you so much luck with what this place has to offer.”

The Princess, the eldest daughter of Price Andrew and the Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson, also officially opened the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice in Brackenhall near Brighouse during her tour of Calderdale and Kirklees.

Speaking at the hospice, where she met patients, staff, helpers, volunteers and founder Linda Senior, she said it was an honour be there.

“To see the dream become a reality and to see the team that is behind it that have organised something so wonderful. And to meet some of the families that get to be here every day and feel the safety and security that comes with the fact that you have the right team and staff supporting you every day.

“So young children no matter what their condition can be supported and have the best chance. And also for young families to have the chance to be a family and to have the chance to be a mum and that is the most important thing. I am so honoured today to meet Linda and her family, who are the inspiration for this incredible place, and to all of you for making this little piece of magic come to life.”