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Investiture Ceremony at the University

In 2003, following the announcement of the Queen's New Year's honours list, the Palace chose the University as the venue for the Investiture ceremony, which was presided over by His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales.

The last day in February was no ordinary day in the office for Cardiff University’s Professor Teresa Rees, for it’s not every day that you pop along the corridor to accept a CBE from the Prince of Wales.

In a change to previous Wales-based Investitures, the venue for the latest event was transferred from Cardiff Castle to Cardiff University’s Glamorgan Building - where Professor Rees works in the School of Social Sciences.

Professor Rees joined more than thirty members of the community in Wales, whose names were published in The Queen's New Year Honours list, and who received their award from His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales at Cardiff University. More than 100 family members of the recipients also attended the Investiture.

The awards are made in recognition of distinguished service in any form by people from every section of the community. At the ceremony, His Royal Highness confered the honour of CBE (Commander of the British Empire) on five people, and the honour of OBE (Officer of the British Empire) on seven people. The honour of MBE (Member of the British Empire) was awarded to 19 people.

Professor Rees received the CBE for services to higher education and to equal opportunities. Another member of University staff, Professor John Percival, formerly Pro Vice-Chancellor and Head of the School of History and Archaeology, received the OBE for services to higher education.

Professor John Percival with his OBE

Also associated with the University, but not present at the ceremony to receive his honour, Professor Duc-Truong Pham, Director of the Manufacturing Engineering Centre in the School of Engineering, who received an OBE for services to engineering; Professor David King, an honorary fellow of Cardiff University, the government's chief scientific adviser and head of the Office of Science and Technology at the Department of Trade and Industry, who became a Knight Bachelor and Hywel Jones, member of University Council and lately senior partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, who received a CBE for his services to business in Wales.

Immediately after the Investiture, His Royal Highness remained at the University to meet young visitors - children from the Leukaemia Ward of Llandough Hospital.