Princess Beatrice of York visited Calderdale today to officially open the new Trinity Academy in Halifax.
The eldest daughter of Prince Andrew and the Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson toured the new state-of-the art school at Holmfield and met staff, students and guests.
She also performed a traditional ceremony pulling back the curtains to unveil a special plaque to mark the opening of the multi-million pound building.
In a visit lasting around 45 minutes she was shown around a science facility and saw pupils enjoying innovative learning opportunities, such as PE lessons that use iPads and television screens.
Principal Michael Gosling said: “As an academy family we are thrilled that HRH Princess Beatrice came here to see how we are supporting students from the local community to achieve their full potential and formally open our building.
“The academy’s building is for students, and we were pleased to reflect this by enabling all students and staff to see the opening ceremony and participate in this very special occasion.”
The Very Reverend Jonathan Greener, Chair of Trustees said: “The academy has been on an exciting journey and is determined that students will receive an outstanding education based on the academy’s Christian values.”
The 24-year-old Princess of York then left for neighbouring Kirklees where she visited Huddersfield University and toured the new Forget Me Not hospice at Brackenhall.
To commemorate the opening of the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice Princess Beatrice unveiled a sculpture donated by sculptor Pat Walls. The sculpture was inspired by his daughter’s Georgina and Beth who were invited to the opening.
Russell House opened in December 2012 to the children and families cared for by the charity across Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield.