His Royal Highness, The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, renamed the home of the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAE) Prince Philip House, following a recent £6.5m refurbishment.
Speaking to 250 guests, The Duke of Edinburgh said that he had always been an enthusiastic supporter of the RAE, of which he has been the senior fellow since its creation in 1976. The Grade I-listed London venue overlooks the Mall and was designed by John Nash.
Rupert Outram, Prince Philip House’s general manager, said: “This is a momentous day. Prince Philip House is the ultimate central London venue for small to mid-sized business events of up to 200 people. The whole venue is spacious and light, with state-of-the-art audio visuals and dedicated to corporate responsibility and sustainability. It is the venue for today’s organiser.”
Following the announcement, The Duke of Edinburgh unveiled a new triptych painting of himself and toured the building, which includes displays of great engineering feats such as a Rolls-Royce fan blade, spray-on clothing and robotic sea creatures, before guests enjoyed canapés from in-house caterer Harbour & Jones.
The venue contains four rooms at ground level suitable for conferences, exhibitions, receptions, meetings and dinners, while the first floor boasts a 150-seat lecture theatre and another meeting room.
Pictured: The Duke of Edinburgh