Dame Helen Mirren appointed Ambassador of the University of Salento | Entertainment
Dame Helen Mirren has been appointed Ambassador of the University of Salento.
The 76-year-old actress was delighted to be awarded the honorary post at school in Lecce, Italy on Thursday (10/21/21), which was awarded to her for her “pride, determination and passion” which are associated traits of the University.
A university rector said of Hélène’s appointment: “By giving her this role, we recognize her as representative of our university, of our territory, recognizing in her the qualities that characterize our community: pride, determination, passion.
The rector also said Helen was honored for her continued efforts to help fight for the local landscape, which has been affected by Xylella – a bacteria that has wreaked havoc on olive trees.
He added: “We have seen her fight by our side to restore the beauty of our landscape marred by Xylella, we read in her eyes the love for this land, for its history, for its humanity.”
And in a social media post from the University, they claimed Helen was “honored by the recognition” and “excited to collaborate on college projects.”
The “Good Liar” star is also said to have “stressed the importance of this generation of students” and nicknamed them “the architects of the future”.
Meanwhile, it was recently confirmed that Helen will be one of the star guests at Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, which will take place over four nights in May next year.
The Gallop Through History event was billed as a “personal tribute to our monarchy”, and was designed to take the audience on a journey from Elizabeth I to Queen Elizabeth and will feature horses, dancers and musicians .
Volunteers from across the UK and the Commonwealth will also be involved in the celebrations, with a special competition taking place on the streets of London.
A courtier said: ‘This will be absolutely the best in British spectacle and there will be something for everyone to enjoy during what will be a series of magnificent occasions during one of the biggest celebratory events since decades.”