THOUSANDS of Beckenham school pupils were delighted last week when a member of the royal family dropped in for a visit.

Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, the youngest son of Queen Elizabeth II, came by Langley Park School for Boys, South Eden Park Road, to unveil a new building worth £38 million.

The prince enjoyed a tour of school, including a display put together by the history society, followed by an unveiling ceremony in the performance hall.

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Head teacher Steve Parsons said: "It was a fantastic occasion, very fitting for what is a fantastic new building.

"The prince seemed to enjoy himself very much. He said he was very impressed with what he had seen.

"It was a fantastic occasion for the pupils to meet him. He was a very friendly and very supportive guy."