The Duke of Kent visited the Bradford district to help promote engineering in the UK.

The Queen’s cousin was greeted by 120 first year pupils at Bradford Grammar School yesterday, where a high proportion of students go on to study engineering at university.

The main focus of his visit to the school was a tour of its new science classrooms and laboratories housed in the Alan Jerome Building and the refurbished Kenneth Robinson Building.

After watching demonstrations by pupils, the Duke had lunch and unveiled a commemorative plaque in the new Stephen Davidson Learning Link – named after the school’s headmaster – which joins the science buildings to the main school building.

The Duke, who also spoke to pupils who have represented the country at sport and members of the school’s Combined Cadet Force, said: “I was absolutely delighted to have met so many talented young people who were so articulate about their plans for the future.”

Six-year-old Ava Hanafin presented him with a gift of cloth from Bradford textile manufacturer Bulmer and Lumb, whom the Telegraph & Argus recently revealed made cloth for the honeymoon outfits of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

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