Flag-waving children greet arrival today (Thursday) of Duke of Gloucester to Peterborough

Duke of Gloucester meets pupils as he arrives for a visit to Ravensthorpe School EMN-150423-161402009
Duke of Gloucester meets pupils as he arrives for a visit to Ravensthorpe School EMN-150423-161402009
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Hundreds of cheering Peterborough children gave a royal welcome to the Duke of Gloucester when he opened their school extension.

Pupils waving flags and cheering loudly greeted the Duke as he arrived at Ravensthorpe Primary School, in Brigstock Court, Ravensthorpe.

He spent time speaking to some of the pupils and staff before declaring the school’s new buildings open.

He then went on to Peterborough Regional College, in Park Crescent, to take part in its 60th anniversary celebrations.

The Duke was given a tour of the college and met students and staff before unveiling a plaque to commemorate the college’s anniversary.

His final stop was Peterborough Cathedral where the Duke officially opened the building’s new West Front Porch.

Duke of Gloucester meets one of the hairdressing students during a viisit to Peterborough Regional College EMN-150423-161350009

Duke of Gloucester meets one of the hairdressing students during a viisit to Peterborough Regional College EMN-150423-161350009

The opening ceremony marks the completion of phase one of the major heritage and education project currently underway at the cathedral.

During the royal ceremony, the medieval Great West Doors of the cathedral were opened and the Right Revd Donald Allister, Bishop of Peterborough, said prayers of dedication and afterwards His Royal Highness cuts a ribbon across the entrance, while a fanfare was played on the cathedral historical organ.

Following the ribbon cutting there was a service of dedication with an address from the Very Revd Charles Taylor, Dean of Peterborough.

The Peterborough Cathedral Choir led the music before and during the service.