William to open libraries during Oxford University visit


The Duke of Cambridge will officially open two revamped libraries at Oxford University today during a visit to the city.

William will tour Magdalen College's recently renovated Longwall Library, which has undergone an £11 million redesign.

The college's previous library, a converted Victorian schoolhouse, was opened by William's great-great uncle, Prince Edward, who went on to become King Edward VIII. Edward was an alumnus of Magdalen College.

William will meet students, benefactors and those involved in the renovation project before unveiling a plaque to officially open the library.

He will then go on to the Weston Library - part of Oxford's Bodleian Library - which has reopened following an £80 million transformation.

The Duke will take a tour through the revamped special collections library, seeing a display of historical objects including the key that his great-grandfather, King George VI, used to open the library in 1946. 

William will also visit the Blavatnik School of Government for lunch where he will meet students and people who took part in the design and construction of the building.