As a senior member of the Royal Family, Prince Andrew has given many handshakes and waves in his day, but the Queen’s son delivered his very first Vulcan salute earlier this week. The prince shared the gesture as he delivered a speech to a captive audience, including Star Trekcaptain Sir Patrick Stewart, at Yorkshire’s Huddersfield University.
The Duke of York addressed the actor as he inherited his post as chancellor at the university. “Thank you very much indeed for your 11 years [of service],” said Andrew. “It’s been, from all that I have heard, a most remarkable time for this university. Thank you for what you’ve done.” He went on to pay tribute to one of the star’s most famous projects by ending his speech accordingly: “And I believe there’s only one way to say, farewell and welcome, which is simply: live long and prosper.”
Patrick was happy to pass on the torch to the Duke and even pledged to step in should he ever need a substitute. He also revealed that his job at Huddersfield gave him the opportunity to “relocate myself in the UK, this appointment was a catalyst for the reinvigoration of my stage career in this country, which has been for me very rewarding.”
Prince Andrew isn’t the first royal to show their affinity for television and film. Prince William, Kate and Prince Harry could hardly contain their excitement during a magical visit to the Harry Potter Studios in 2013, and the Queen was more than willing to become a Bond Girl for the day when she filmed a short with Daniel Craig for the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.