Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Royal Visitor Serenaded by Robot at New College

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Royal Visitor Serenaded by Robot at New College

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PRINCE Edward has heard the National Anthem countless times - but has he ever been serenaded by a robot? His Royal Highness was opening the new University Technical College (UTC) in Bolton and was presented with a singing robot as a gift from the excited students.

The Earl of Wessex, the youngest son of the Queen, gave a short speech before officially declaring the college open. Then a small white robot walked towards him singing the National Anthem while he stood to attention. When the robot was placed in his arms he joked: "Does it come with a box?" He said: "It's fantastic to meet so many of you, great to hear such enthusiasm about this new college and about the opportunities they're providing here.

"It seems to be working really well and is bringing some great new talents and skills. …

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