HRH The Princess Royal sealed a time capsule with IET Past President William Webb and IET President Jeremy Watson during the opening ceremony.
Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal officially opened IET London: Savoy Place on 26 October 2016 during a special opening ceremony.
Following an extensive two-year refurbishment programme, Savoy Place has hosted a number of key events, including the IET’s first Engineering the Future Festival earlier this month. A global engineering hub for engineers everywhere, Savoy Place includes exhibitions and engineering spaces that celebrate and highlight the history of the IET, as well as the future of engineering.
On her arrival, HRH The Princess Royal, who is an Honorary Member of the IET, was welcomed by IET President, Jeremy Watson and IET Chief Executive, Nigel Fine, together with special guests including past IET Presidents and young IET Award winners.
Speaking at the event, Jeremy Watson, IET President, said: “I was delighted to welcome HRH The Princess Royal to Savoy Place for the official reopening. It was a real celebration, not only of the building, but of engineering, past present and future. Many areas of this building recognise engineers, and engineering and technology that has changed the world for the better – so it was great to be able to showcase these to HRH The Princess Royal. I am very proud of this building – and of the Institution.”
During the event, HRH The Princess Royal was invited to seal a time capsule, containing artefacts and items showcasing past and present technology with many of the items linked to the IET and its members. The capsule also included ideas from school children who were asked to predict the technology that we will see in 50 years’ time. Three previous IET Award winners selected their favourite suggestions from the submissions and presented them to the group as part of the afternoon's celebrations. Ideas included robots that read minds and cars that turn into jets.
HRH The Princess Royal declared Savoy Place officially open by unveiling a plaque in the building before meeting IET members, volunteers and staff for a guided tour. The tour was followed by a networking reception for the attendees.
This is the second occasion that HRH The Princess Royal has visited Savoy Place in 2016, having previously attended a Reception for disaster relief charity RedR in February, of which the IET is also a patron.