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Princess Royal gets honorary degree … from sister-in-law

Anne was presented with the honour by Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall at Aberdeen University.

Camilla presents Anne with honorary degree. Clarence House/Twitter
Camilla presents Anne with honorary degree.

The Princess Royal has received an honorary degree for a lifetime of charity work – from her sister-in-law, the Duchess of Cornwall.

Camilla, chancellor of Aberdeen University, joked there would be “no talk of rivalry” as she presented the honour to Anne, who is chancellor of the Edinburgh University.

Anne, who is involved with 300 charities in the UK and overseas, including serving as patron of Save the Children, received a Doctor of Laws in a ceremony at the university’s Elphinstone Hall on Tuesday.

The Princess Royal was honoured by Aberdeen University.

Camilla, known as the Duchess of Rothesay in Scotland, said she was not sure if there was “a collective noun for chancellors” before telling guests: “Ladies and gentlemen, we shall have no talk of rivalry today.

“But I might just casually observe that, while we are to celebrate our 525th birthday next month, the University of Edinburgh is comparatively youthful – a mere 437-years-old.”

The Princess Royal said it was a “real honour” to be recognised by the university.

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