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Royal Opening of the Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre at Worcester College

Read all about the Duchess of Cornwall's recent visit to Worcester College

Worcester College occupies the site of Gloucester College, founded in 1283 for the monks of the Abbey of St Peter, Gloucester.  It was re-founded as Worcester College in 1714 following a benefaction by Sir Thomas Cookes, Bt., of Worcestershire. Situated in the heart of the city and occupying some 26 acres, the gardens include a lake and an adjoining sports field. Buildings range from medieval cottages to new architectural projects, such as the Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre, and include a library, chapel and dining hall created by eminent British architects of the 18th and 19th Centuries.

His Royal Highness Sultan Nazrin Shah came to Worcester in 1976 to read PPE. The Sultan has funded the building of a new centre, designed by Niall McLaughlin Architects, which houses the College's first auditorium for year round use, a foyer and open terrace, two seminar rooms, an e-hub and the multipurpose Smethurst Studio.

Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall joined Sultan Nazrin Shah of Perak, Malaysia for a ceremony and reception to open the new student centre which is set in the landscaped surroundings of the college sports grounds. The Duchess was joined for the event by her son Tom Parker Bowles, an alumnus of the College.

During the Duchess’ visit, current students of the college gave a short performance of music and Shakespeare for the Duchess in the new auditorium, where the Sultan also gave a speech. Her Royal Highness then unveiled the official dedication stone before meeting students, staff, supporters and faculty during a brief reception in the new facilities.

The Duchess will make her first official visit to Malaysia with The Prince of Wales later this month. During the Royal Tour Their Royal Highnesses will visit Sultan Nazrin Shah's home state of Perak.  

To find out more about hiring the brand new facilities, visit or contact the events team on or phone 01865 278345

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