A dinner was also held last September, presided over by the Grand Master, to honour the Earl of Eglinton and Winton, the recently retired chairman of the trustees of the 250th Anniversary Fund.
It was at this event that College President Sir Peter Morris announced that his Council had voted to appoint the Duke an Honorary Fellow.
The Grand Master received the Honorary Fellowship in February in the council chamber at the headquarters of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in Lincoln's Inn Fields, London.
David Rosin, a trustee of the fund and a member of the College Council, who specialises in cancer surgery - and who is also a Freemason - delivered the citation Address.
He said that the College, like many other medical charities, depends heavily on the generosity and commitment of individuals, companies and charitable trusts in the pursuit of its work.
"This support enables the College to enhance its education, training and research programmes, which are at the heart of its mission to advance surgery for the benefit of patients" he said.
Mr Rosin explained that the Company of Barber-Surgeons was created by Henry VIII in 1540. Subsequently, it became the Royal College of Surgeons in London in 1800 by the agreement of George III.
"The links between the Royal Family and the Royal College of Surgeons of England have been strong and friendly, and the Honorary Fellowship being bestowed on the Duke of Kent builds upon this much valued relationship."
Indeed, he added, the Duke of Kent was no stranger to the College or surgery, having tried his hand at endoscopy in the training unit during his last visit in October 1998.
Mr Rosin cited the more than 100 charities and other organisations to which the Duke belonged. He is President of a large number of these, including the Imperial War Museum, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, the RAF Benevolent Fund, and the Stroke Association.
He is Patron of many other charities including the Leukaemia Research Fund and President of the Trustees of King Edward VII (Sister Agnes) Hospital.
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