Britain's Prince Andrew jokes with Sir Patrick Stewart

Britain's Prince Andrew told Sir Patrick Stewart to "live long and prosper" and gave the Vulcan peace sign as he thanked him for his 11 years as the chancellor of University of Huddersfield.

Britain's Prince Andrew jokes with Sir Patrick Stewart

Britain's Prince Andrew told Sir Patrick Stewart to "live long and prosper".

The 55-year-old royal succeeded the 'Star Trek' actor as chancellor of the University of Huddersfield in a ceremony on Monday (13.07.15) and took the opportunity to make a joke about his most famous role as Captain Jean-Luc Pinard in the science fiction franchise by uttering the catchphrase and delivering a Vulcan peace sign.

During the awards ceremony at the institution, the prince said: "Patrick, thank you very much indeed for your 11 years. It's been, from all that I have heard, a most remarkable time for this university. Thank you for what you've done.

"And I believe there's only one way to say, at the end of your 11 years, farewell and welcome, which is simply: live long and prosper."

Thankfully the 75-year-old actor - who was stepping down from the role after over a decade - took the comments in good spirits and laughed along with the gathered crowd of guests.

As well as being made chancellor, the duke - who became the institution's patron in 2013 - was given an honorary doctorate for his contributions to entrepreneurship, having opened the university's Duke of York Young Entrepreneur Centre two years ago.

Vice-chancellor Professor Bob Cryan said: "His Royal Highness has a natural ally in the University of Huddersfield, where entrepreneurialism is an essential component of our education and our philosophy."

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