Princess Anne opens £23m school in Londonderry

Princess Royal at Foyle College opening

The Princess Royal has officially opened a new multi-million pound campus at a Londonderry school during a visit to Northern Ireland.

Foyle College relocated to its new £23.5m home in 2018.

Princess Anne was given a tour of the school before unveiling a plaque to mark the official opening.

Foyle College can trace its origins all the way back to 1617 when a Free Grammar School was established in the city.

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Image caption A drones eye view of the new college

Principal Patrick Allen said the new campus meant teachers and students have the "modern facilities to match their enthusiasm and passion for learning and teaching".

"With the benefit of the facilities that are now available, I am confident that the school will go from strength to strength in the coming years," he said.

During the visit music students demonstrated the school's recording studio for the royal visitor.

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The Princess Royal also met students working to excavate a World War Two Spitfire and P38 Lightning in County Monaghan in the Republic of Ireland.

She spoke with some of the schools' rising sports talent and its Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme leaders.

Foyle College was founded by the merchant Taylor Mathias Springham in the early seventeenth century.

The move to Derry's Waterside last year marked the first time the school has not been located on the west bank of the city.

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Image caption Princess Anne also visited Ballykelly

Princess Anne also visited the new Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs headquarters in Ballykelly.

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