The Duke of Edinburgh, patron of the Production Guild of Great Britain, has officially opened the final sound stage to be completed at Sky Studios Elstree, Sky’s new state-of-the art film and TV studio in Hertfordshire.

The visit took place on March 9, the day before the Dukedom of Edinburgh was conferred on Edward, the forme Earl of Wessex. The event marked the near completion of Sky Studios Elstree which will house 13 sound stages.

5. Sky Studios Elstree.HRH Duke of Edinburgh with CEO of Sky Studios Ceìcile Frot-Coutaz (c) Andrea Southam - Sky Studios

Sky Studios Elstree: HRH Duke of Edinburgh with Ceìcile Frot-Coutaz, CEO of Sky Studios

Source: Andrea Southam - Sky Studios

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The Duke toured the site, meeting local charity partners and young talent, and also unveiled a plaque on Stage 5 to commemorate the official opening of largest brand-new studio facility to open in the UK for decades.

Sky Studios chief executive officer Cécile Frot-Coutaz said: “Sky Studios Elstree will create thousands of jobs and will boost the UK’s creative industry at a time when it is needed most. It will become the new creative home for bold and unmissable Sky Original series as well as Hollywood blockbusters from NBCUniversal. The opening of this final stage signals the near completion of the site, and we’re delighted to have His Royal Highness join us.”

The studio has ambitious sustainability goals, aligning to Sky’s overall ambition to be net zero carbon by 2030.

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