Staff and students at Brooklyn’s College Ashford welcomed a royal guest on Tuesday morning to officially open their new campus.

The Duke of Kent was taken on a grand tour by Principal Gail Walker to view the new facility.

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The new campus, which is a new branch of Brooklands College in Weybridge, has been open since September 2016.

The Duke was joined on his visit by several members of other interested parties, including Spelthorne Borough Council and Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), who invested £5.4m to build the new facility.

A tour of the new buildings took the Duke around the whole campus, providing him with opportunities to talk with current students about the work that they do.

The Duke’s visit also incorporated a tour of the adjoining Thomas Kynvett College sports hall, where he met with head teacher Janise Marillat.

To commemorate the occasion, the Duke was gifted a handcrafted cake made by adult learners in the College’s Sugarcraft programme.