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Vice-Chancellor of University pays tribute to HM Queen

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Published on 08 September 2022

The Queen in Sunderland in 1993 with the University's first Vice-Chancellor Dr Anne Wright
The Queen in Sunderland in 1993 with the University's first Vice-Chancellor Dr Anne Wright

The University of Sunderland’s Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive, Sir David Bell, said: “Along with the nation as a whole and the wider Commonwealth, the University of Sunderland mourns the passing of Her Majesty The Queen.

“The Queen was a pillar of strength and continuity through a momentous period in our country’s history. Her longevity as Monarch was a unique example of selfless commitment and a shining beacon to the wider world.

“Her Majesty Elizabeth the Second will be talked about for centuries to come. We are fortunate indeed to have been alive during her reign.”

It was on May 18, 1993, that The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh arrived at Sunderland Railway Station where they were received by Her Majesty's then Lord-Lieutenant for Tyne and Wear, Colonel Sir Ralph Carr- Ellison, and Colonel John Dowdeswell, who was Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear.

At the end of a day-long visit, which included Sunderland Civic Centre and the Aim High Centre at Hylton Red House Comprehensive School, the Royal couple visited the site of the under-construction St Peter’s Campus at the University.

They were received by Dr Anne Wright, then Vice-Chancellor and the Chairman of the Governors, Mr Kenneth Douglas. The Queen then unveiled a commemorative sculpture at the riverside.

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