The King and Queen visit the University of Stirling in Scotland

The King and Queen with Alan Simpson, Lord-Lieutenant of Stirling and Falkirk, on arrival at the University of Stirling.

The King and Queen with Alan Simpson, Lord-Lieutenant of Stirling and Falkirk, on arrival at the University of Stirling. Photo: Sara Manning/The University of Stirling

On Monday 4 October, The King and Queen visited the University of Stirling and met participants from the Designing Homes for Healthy Cognitive Ageing research project.

The University of Stirling is currently leading a research project to investigate how the homes and housing of the future should be designed to facilitate life for people with dementia. One of the project's partners is the Silviahemmet Foundation, which The Queen founded in 1996.

The Queen during a visit to one of the project's apartments.

The Queen during a visit to one of the project's apartments. Photo: Sarah Manning/The University of Stirling

During their visit, The King and Queen were given a tour of the research project's demonstration apartments, which have been specially adapted for people with dementia. The research team then presented themselves and their research, before holding a panel discussion on the latest advances within dementia research. Wilhelmina Hoffman, Director and Operational Manager at Silviahemmet, also took part via video link.

The Designing Homes for Healthy Cognitive Ageing research project has brought together Scotland's leading experts within dementia, the construction industry and architecture, as well as people with dementia and their relatives, to create functional homes for those with cognitive disabilities.