Princess Anne’s Visit


A week and a half ago, Princess Anne, Queen Elizabeth’s daughter, came and officially opened the new Centre for Textile Conservation and Technical Art History here at the University of Glasgow. It was pretty cool to get to meet royalty! She came to see the labs and spoke to each one of us students and the staff. Following this there was a reception at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery where speeches were made and the official plaque was revealed. Once the reception was over, all the guests were invited to have a tour of the lab. We students were positioned strategically around the lab where we talked about the sorts of projects we have been doing.

It was… interesting experiencing the whole thing. Having had little to do with modern royalty, I wasn’t exactly sure how to feel about this whole thing. Should I object to an outdated tradition of hereditary power? Should I embrace an ancient royal line and an important part of modern British identity? I’m still not sure, and I Definitely don’t feel strongly about this issue, but I was still nervous to meet her! It was ridiculous how palpably uptight everyone was getting as she approached. She chatted a little with each of us, asking a few questions. She asked me where I was from and about my previous education. She had a very straightforward manner that I could definitely appreciate.

The reception was actually fun. I hadn’t realized until then exactly how many people in conservation we had met over the past five months. Between guest lecturers and visits to conservation labs, I could spot quite a few faces among the crowd. The canapés were ridiculously awkward to eat. There was this one with wasabi and salmon that was on a slice of cucumber. Not only was this thing about four bites, there were no serviettes! Cucumbers are wet people, serviettes are a necessity! The canapés were really tasty though, and so was the champagne!

We’ve been getting photography instruction from the photography unit in the University (which has been awesome btw!), and we subsequently cajoled the photographer into taking some group shots of us. All the pictures were taken by the university photographers and are copyrighted by the University of Glasgow.


All of us that morning

Here she is arriving at the labs and speaking with the head of our faculty of Arts and Culture

Speaking with my program convener Frances Lennard (far right)

Julie (far left) and Hayley talking to Princess Anne about an 1840’s riding habit


Speaking with Caroline Ness, a pHd student in Fashion HIstory, and Anita Quye (far right), our conservation science instructor
Meeting Sarah Foskett, our lab skills instructor
Charley (far left) and Nikki talking about some of the whitework pieces we treated in January
Chatting with Bea about samplers


In the technical art history room
Unveiling the plaque at the reception. Isn’t it cool that they have a thingy built specifically for unveiling plaques??
Slightly awkward photo of Julie and I at the reception
All of us at the reception

I did a lot of this during the tours of the lab

3 thoughts on “Princess Anne’s Visit

  1. That’s so cool, I want to meet a princess! This is going to be a really great story if you ever have a daughter or granddaughter or something like that. Imagine being a little girl and hearing how mommy/grandma/whatever got to meet a real live princess.

    1. OK, so I was just looking at the University of Glasgow website and saw that you can get a PhD in like, three years. That is really awesome, and as I’d like to get a PhD at some point definitely something I’d want to consider. Could you possibly put me in touch with the fashion history PhD student you mentioned so I could talk to her about the program?
      Yes I am an overachiever who plans way ahead. I was looking at grad schools before I got into undergrad, and now I don’t even know if I’ve been accepted to grad school and am looking at PhD programs.

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