University of Sunderland shares photo of Prince Phillip visiting City Campus in the 1960’s as tributes paid to Duke of Edinburgh
The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sunderland has paid tribute to Prince Phillip following his death.
The Duke of Edinburgh visited the University of Sunderland’s City Campus in 1964 to open what would become known as the Edinburgh Building.
Following Prince Phillip’s death at the age of 99-years-old on Friday, April 9, Sir David Bell, the Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of the University of Sunderland has paid tribute.
Sir David said: “As with the country as a whole, we mourn the passing of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh.
“His was a life of outstanding service through a century of social, political, economic and cultural change.
“On the City campus in Sunderland, it was a memorable day in 1964 when His Royal Highness opened what came to be known as the Edinburgh Building.
"Although few members of staff remain from that time, The Duke of Edinburgh’s visit will always be remembered as a seminal moment in the University’s history.”
Buckingham Palace confirmed His Royal Highness’ death earlier today in a statement which said: "It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
“His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.
“Further announcements will made in due course.
“The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.”
Phillip had returned to Windsor Castle after spending a month in hospital, his longest ever stay and his death comes just two months before his 100th birthday.