His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales’ 70th birthday

On 22 May, the Cambridge Trust’s Patron, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, hosted a Reception in the gardens of Buckingham Palace with the gracious permission of Her Majesty The Queen, to celebrate the work of His Royal Highness’s Patronages, Charities and Military affiliations and others involved in public service.

The event coincided with the 70th birthday of The Prince, who has been involved in the work of the Cambridge Trust for 35 years. 

The Trust, the largest provider of scholarships at the University of Cambridge, was established in 2013 from the merger of the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust and the Cambridge Overseas Trust, both founded in the 1980s.  His Royal Highness, himself a Cambridge alumnus having graduated from Trinity College in 1970, was a Founder Trustee of the Commonwealth Trust in 1982, and of the Overseas Trust in 1989. 

In addition to acting as Trustee of both Trusts, for many years His Royal Highness was Chairman of the Trustees of those bodies.  In 2010 when his role as Chairman came to an end, His Royal Highness kindly agreed to take on the Patronage of both Trusts, which patronage transferred when the two Trusts were merged.

The association of The Prince with the Trust, and his continuing support as Patron, is enormously valued by the students the Trust supports, by its Trustees, the Director and staff of the Trust, the University, and not least by the many organisations around the world who help the Trust to assist international students.

Helen Pennant, Director of the Trust, was therefore delighted to attend the Reception accompanied by Mihail Petreski, founder of the Pexim Foundation, with whom the Trust works closely to co-fund scholarships for Masters students from Serbia and Macedonia, and by Mr Chris Briggs, Director of Cambridge Australia Scholarships, the main source of scholarships for outstanding Australian graduates to undertake studies in Cambridge. 

Also in attendance were a selection of the scholars the Trust supports, reflecting its international diversity: Felix Agyemang (PhD, Land Economy) who is supported by a Cambridge Africa Scholarship; Sagar Raturi (PhD, Pharmacology) supported by a Cambridge Trust Scholarship; Sam Woodman, a William and Margaret Brown Scholar (PhD, Plant Sciences); Mithuna Yoganathan (PhD, Applied Mathematics) funded by a Cambridge Australia Bragg Scholarship and Iva Ivanov (LLM, Law), a Pexim Cambridge Scholar.

The event took place on a beautiful Spring day, the atmosphere was festive and the guests were delighted when TRH The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, married three days previously, arrived.  His Royal Highness The Duke of Sussex gave a warm and affectionate speech in honour of his Father’s birthday, and paid tribute to the work of the emergency services.

The Cambridge Trust guests enjoyed the event immensely, with one of the scholars in attendance commenting that for him it was “the opportunity of a lifetime”.

Photographer: Hugo Burnand

Photographer: Hugo Burnand