His Royal Highness Prince Edward visits Exeter
THE Earl of Wessex visited Montgomery Primary School in St Thomas this morning.
His Royal Highness Prince Edward was welcomed by cheers from nursery and reception children who were waving flags, as he officially opened Exeter's greenest school.
Martyn Boxall, headteacher, said: "We were incredibly delighted to meet him. I talked to him about the history of the school and how it's the first Zero Carbon, Passivhaus school in England. He was very interested in meeting the children and learning about the school and why it's so special."
His Royal Highness also went into a year 1 and 2 maths class.
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Teacher Alyson Harman said: "We celebrated the Jubilee so the children are very aware of who he is, they kept glancing around the door, anticipating his arrival. They are absolutely buzzing from the visit and were deleighted to meet him. They feel quite honoured to be representing the other four year 1 and 2 classes."
His Royal Highness then travelled into the city just before 11am to the Royal Albert Memorial Museum to unveil a plaque following the four year multi-million pound refurbishment.
He was welcomed by members of the public and Exeter City Council Chief Executive Philip Bostock and Council Leader Pete Edwards.
The Lord Mayor of Exeter, Councillor Rob Newby, also attended, he said: "The RAMM is one of the best museums in the country and it's a wonderful culmination of a good year for the city with The Queen's visit and John Lewis opening and all that has been undertaken in the last four years at the museum. Because his Royal Highness' great great great grandfather Prince Albert was inspirational to the museum, to have Prince Edward's Royal seal of approval is the finishing touch."
His Royal Highness also saw a dance display by Exeter College students and saw Devon musicians Steve Knightley and Phil Beer from Show of Hands who were among the invited guests.
The duo became patrons of the museum last year and were commissioned to write a special song to celebrate the re-opening of the 140 year old city museum.
Steve said: "I remember being taken to the museum when I was only about five, because we lived nearby. It obviously made an impression because later I returned there as a courting teenager and more recently I have taken my own son there so things have come full circle and I hope the song sums that up."
Knightley penned the song Home to a Million Thoughts, mirroring the Victorian venue’s new slogan.
Alan Caig, former Head of Leisure and Museums, who led the renovation project, said: "We have had a successful series of really good events at the museum with the re-opening at Christmas, then winning museum of the year. This rounds up what has been a brilliant year and it's recognition that we are the best museum of the country.
"The museum is a place that everyone in the city can be proud of and the commitment of all involved in the new refurbishment shines in every room."
His Royal Highness was taken on a tour of the museum, which won the £100,000 Art Fund Prize in June.