On Friday 23rd July 2021, Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal made a special visit to OPRO, the world’s most innovative mouthguard company, at its headquarters in Hemel Hempstead.
The Princess Royal was welcomed by OPRO founder, Dr Anthony Lovat who led Her Royal Highness on a tour of the mouthguard manufacturing facility, discussing the company’s ground-breaking work in the field of sports protection for which it has twice won The Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Innovation. The tour of the facility culminated in a demonstration of OPRO’s latest innovation, OPRO+, whereby sensor technology from OPRO’s technology partners is embedded in a highly protective and comfortable mouthguard. OPRO+ is used by OPRO’s technology partners in conjunction with sporting associations and professional athletes to identify head impacts during training and in games, with the ultimate aim of improving player welfare across contact sports.
At the conclusion of the royal visit, HRH The Princess Royal unveiled a commemorative plaque and was presented with five bespoke mouthguards from OPRO’s new Instant- Custom range for Her Royal Highness’s grandchildren.
Dr Lovat, said: “We were honoured to welcome The Princess Royal to our facility and show her the groundbreaking work OPRO is pioneering into mouthguard technology, and in particular instrumented mouthguards, that measure and record blows to the head. As patron of Scottish Rugby Her Royal Highness has a close association with rugby. It was a privilege to present The Princess with the first-ever Instant-Custom mouthguards which are our most recent innovation and an exciting development for Custom-Fit mouthguards.”