Princess Eugenie visited Newcastle on 9th October, 2015.
Her Royal Highness visited Tyne View Primary School as part of the school’s Primary Inspiration through Enterprise (PIE) Project. The PIE Project, undertaken jointly by Tyne View and Walkergate Primary School, aims to bring enterprise to life for primary school children, and builds business skills such as CV writing and designing.
During the visit, Princess Eugenie met with teachers and children involved in the PIE Project. Students at the schools produce their own products for sale and Her Royal Highness joined pupils from each year group making products for Halloween.
Princess Eugenie then moved on to the PIE shop itself – a shop and learning resource facility run by staff, parents, and children from both schools. At the shop Her Royal Highness met some of the key supporters of the scheme, and did some shopping of her own, before receiving a gift made by the students.
Princess Eugenie then visited Newcastle University to see the work of The John Walton Muscular Dystrophy Centre, presented by Lord Walton himself and members of the current research team. Based at Newcastle University, the Centre brings together research and care for neuromuscular diseases. Her Royal Highness then joined a young girl, who is a Muscular Dystrophy patient receiving care at the centre, and her family, for tea to talk about their experiences and the work of the centre.
Princess Eugenie then enjoyed a tour of the Armstrong Building, a key part of Newcastle University’s Campus, and the site of Her Royal Highness’s own graduation. The building is under an extensive renovation to improve its facilities, which will be completed to mark the 50th anniversary of the award of Martin Luther King’s Honorary Degree. Princess Eugenie viewed a recording of the civil rights Leader’s speech at the Graduation ceremony, which can be viewed here.
Finishing her visit to Newcastle University, Her Royal Highness saw a performance by Cap a Pie, who use theatre to bring social research to life and have been working with the University’s School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape to better understand the planning process and how people participate in it.
Concluding her visit to Newcastle, Princess Eugenie joined a sell-out crowd at St James’s Park to see Newcastle vs. Tonga in the 2015 Rugby World Cup.