The University of Surrey is home to a new £45 million ($70 million U.S.) veterinary school. Queen Elizabeth and her husband Prince Philip attended the official opening. The royal couple toured the grounds, which included meeting the academics and students, watching demonstrations of the teaching space and animal handling, as well as viewing the animals in the livestock pens, equine examination area and stables, Get Surrey reports.
During the visit, the Queen was reunited with Mary Tudor, a horse she knew from the Royal Mews, Express UK reports. Both Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip seemed to enjoy their visit, making jokes and showing concern for a dog whose treatment involved running on a treadmill.
The opening of the school is an important milestone for students hoping to become veterinarians. Take a look at one such student has to say about the school:
We’re guessing that with such enthusiasm for the program, the Queen and Prince Philip were happy to be a part of the opening.