Mary Beard’s of­fer to tu­tor young roy­als

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Revered his­to­rian Pro­fes­sor Mary Beard said she of­fered to be­come the per­sonal Latin tu­tor to the Duke and Duchess of Cam­bridge’s three chil­dren as she col­lected her dame­hood from Buck­ing­ham Palace.

The broad­caster, well-known for her doc­u­men­taries and ap­pear­ances on the BBC, said she would do “any­thing” to en­sure Princes Ge­orge and Louis, and Princess Char­lotte, grew up with an un­der­stand­ing of the an­cient Ro­man lan­guage.

Speak­ing mo­ments af­ter she re­ceived the hon­our for ser­vices to the study of clas­si­cal civil­i­sa­tion from Wil­liam at Buck­ing­ham Palace, Dame Mary said: “It’s im­por­tant to learn where we’ve been and where we’ve come from, and for peo­ple to have ac­cess to some of the most ex­tra­or­di­nary and in­flu­en­tial lit­er­a­ture in world cul­ture.

“That kind of di­rect con­nec­tion with some­thing so in­flu­en­tial writ­ten so long ago is, I think, ter­ri­bly im­por­tant.

“Of course, be­cause it was a very happy and joy­ous oc­ca­sion in which we were be­ing friends, he left me with the strong im­pres­sion that his chil­dren would be learn­ing Latin.

“But he was bound to. It would be rude for him – and I’m sure he wouldn’t – to say: ‘Well we looked at that and we re­ally think it’s a waste of time,’” she said.

Pic­ture: PA.

Prof Mary Beard re­ceives her dame­hood at Buck­ing­ham Palace yesterday.

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