HRH The Duchess of Rothesay
Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Rothesay was installed as Chancellor of the University of Aberdeen in a ceremony in the University’s Elphinstone Hall in June 2013.
Her Royal Highness has a busy working life, supporting over 70 charities and organisations as their President or Patron. The Duchess also supports her husband, The Duke of Rothesay, in his work and role as Heir to the Throne.
Her Royal Highness’s charity work is varied but several themes prevail: health and well-being, literacy, helping those in need, heritage and the arts, and animal welfare and, more recently, highlighting organisations which support victims of rape and sexual assault. The Duchess, like her husband, is also very committed to supporting local food producers and encouraging children to learn more about where food comes from, and to eat healthily.
The Duchess is President of the National Osteoporosis Society (NOS) and for many years has promoted understanding and raised awareness of osteoporosis, having lost both her mother and grandmother to this condition. In January 2007 Her Royal Highness visited the University’s new bone density scanner while opening the new Health Sciences Building at Foresterhill.
The Duchess is also President of Barnardo’s, ShelterBox and Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres. With her particular focus on literacy, Her Royal Highness, in January 2011, stepped aboard the Reading Bus at King’s College, during a visit to celebrate the success of this local project in promoting reading with children in Aberdeen City.
In April 2012, Her Royal Highness visited the University’s School of Education to see new approaches to training teachers in greater awareness and understanding of the educational and social problems that can affect children’s learning, and strategies to support and deal with such difficulties.
Her Royal Highness, as Chancellor, takes an active interest in the life and work of the University, and has already conferred a number of honorary degrees.