Prince Edward and the Countess of Wessex listened to a debate between pupils from two SE1 schools when they visited the South Bank on Thursday.
They heard part of a debate - on the motion 'this house will punish parents for the crimes their children have committed’ – between pupils from LNS and St Saviour's and St Olave's School at Bricklayers Arms. The motion was eventually lost.
Both schools are members of Debate Mate, a national peer to peer programme.
The royal couple also sat in on a Year 10 nautical studies lesson (the Earl is commander –in-chief of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary) and spent considerable time talking to students afterwards about their nautical experiences as well as school life.