On arrival at the modern manufacturing site, The Princess Royal was met by Michael Hayman, a Deputy Lieutenant of Surrey, who presented Mark Curtis, managing director of Vision Engineering.

HRH toured the facility meeting the 120 Send based staff, seeing a demonstration of the Lynx EVO stereo microscope and receiving a brief about the patented design.

HRH also used Vision Engineering’s recently patented and disruptive technology stereo digital viewer, DRV-Z1, the first stereo viewer worldwide not to need glasses or a headset.

The Princess Royal then heard about Vision Engineering’s 63 year history in Send and successful 90% exporting record, toured the extensive machine shop and high tech product assembly area, before presenting the Queen’s Award to Mr Curtis.

Curtis invited The Princess Royal to plant a tree next to its wildlife pond, in support of The Queen’s Green Canopy Project, which honours Her Majesty’s 70 years of service to the Nation.

He commented: "We are delighted to receive this, our third Queen’s Award from HRH, The Princess Royal for the technology and global commercial success Lynx EVO ergonomic stereo microscope.

"This award is recognition of the hard work and dedication of our UK and overseas based staff and of our continuing commitment to innovative instrument design and manufacture here in Surrey."