A public school on the Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire border celebrated its 90th anniversary in style with visits from three members of the Royal family and a concert headlined by the former lead singer of Supertramp.
Two days of events were held at Stowe School to mark its birthday which included a music event on Friday night, attended by 2,500 people and headlined by Roger Hodgson, a former pupil of Stowe.
The concert, which helped raise money for the school’s chosen charity Children in Crisis, was also attended by Sarah, Duchess of York and her daughter Eugenie.
The duchess, who is the founder and life president of the charity, said: “Eugenie and I were both so moved by Stowe School and Roger Hodgson for giving us such a wonderful evening.
“Stowe School’s 90th and Children in Crisis’ 20th anniversaries. What better way than joy, laughter and happiness, all uniting for education of children, and for giving every child the right to be educated. I was and am deeply grateful for everyone that contributed to make it an evening not to forget.”
Stowe’s Headmaster, Dr Anthony Wallersteiner said: “It was wonderful to welcome back one of most illustrious and creative musicians and Roger was thrilled to support Children in Crisis. When he sang Give A Little Bit the audience stood up as one and everyone danced - including me.”
The school’s celebrations continued on Saturday with the School’s Speech Day which was attended by His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent, who presented a school award to his lifelong friend, the sculptor, David Wynne.
The school also celebrated the return of the Medici lions to the School after a 90 year vacation at Stanley Park, Blackpool.
The lions were officially unveiled by Prince Michael shortly before the whole school was treated to a fly past by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.