GALLERY: Duke of Gloucester officially opens new chapter on Ely’s Old Palace

Duke of Gloucester Old Palace opening ceremony. Left: Sue Freestone head of King's School Ely.

Duke of Gloucester Old Palace opening ceremony. Left: Sue Freestone head of King's School Ely. - Credit: Archant

THE newly refurbished Old Bishop’s Palace was officially opened by HRH the Duke of Gloucester on Friday.

Duke of Gloucester opening ceremony at the Old Palace Ely

Duke of Gloucester opening ceremony at the Old Palace Ely - Credit: Archant

Duke of Gloucester Old Palace opening ceremony. Left: Duke of Gloucester and Sue Freestone, Head of

Duke of Gloucester Old Palace opening ceremony. Left: Duke of Gloucester and Sue Freestone, Head of Kings school Ely. - Credit: Archant

The duke stopped off at Ely Cathedral for a short service before being given a tour of the medieval building, in Palace Green, which underwent more than a year of careful restoration to bring it back to life as a part of King’s Ely.

Duke of Gloucester following opening ceremony. Sue Freestone head of King's School Ely.

Duke of Gloucester following opening ceremony. Sue Freestone head of King's School Ely. - Credit: Archant

He was then joined by King’s head teacher Sue Freestone to unveil a plaque commemorating the event.

Duke of Gloucester Old Palace opening ceremony.

Duke of Gloucester Old Palace opening ceremony. - Credit: Archant

The redevelopment included a new head teacher’s office, sixth form classrooms, dining room, gym and boarding facilities as well as a new girls’ boarding house.

Duke of Gloucester following opening ceremony.

Duke of Gloucester following opening ceremony. - Credit: Archant

The school acquired the lease for the building from Sue Ryder back in 2010, with the building used as a care facility by the charity.


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