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"The preparations were mostly logistical it wasn't buying things," he said.
"He would have been departing from Surrey. It must have been adverse weather conditions at the departure point in Surrey.
"People are disappointed. Obviously there is not the level of anticipation as for the Queen, but people were excited."
The plaque cost "We are going to ask the palace if we can just reuse it. I'm sure he's not going to be fussed," said Prof Shellard.
"I've had an assurance most of the costs weren't wasted and we can use most of it when he comes back."
A Buckingham Palace spokesman said "adverse weather conditions" in Surrey where the earl's helicopter was due to take off suspended the visit.
He said he did not know how much the postponement had cost the university, but added "there was very little cost incurred with this".
"He had been contacted by the royal household who said that because of forecast freezing fog they had checked the forecast for overnight and this morning for where he was flying from they were unable to safely fly. They were deeply apologetic."
The earl was due to open the leisure centre, unveiling a plaque and watching sports sessions and demonstrations.
and John Cleveland College, in Hinckley.
Professor Dominic Shellard, vice chancellor for the university, said he was informed of the changed plans from the Lord Lieutenant's clerk on Tuesday evening.
The spokesman for the palace said "timings of the visit" meant Prince Edward could not get the train and said the change of plans would see the Earl of Wessex spend the day in his Surrey office instead.
Marion Plant, principal and chief executive at North Warwickshire and Hinckley College, said: "Staff and students have worked incredibly hard in preparation for the royal visit and I would like to thank them all for their efforts.
"Some people were leaving London at 5am to get here, so we wanted to make sure they knew."
the night to tell guests that Prince Edward's planned visit to the city yesterday had been called off.
After the leisure centre, Prince Edward was scheduled to visit the university's Square Mile project, which supports residents in the Fosse Road, Tudor Road, Newfoundpool, and Woodgate areas of Leicester.
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Prof Shellard said staff from estates, communications and events teams worked Prada Bags Grey through the night to call off the event.
"All people involved in the programme have been contacted and it is hoped it can be rearranged for later in 2013."
Speaking to the Mercury yesterday, the spokesman said: "Sadly, the engagements today had to be postponed due to the fact he was down to be flying to the region.
"We worked through the night to contact people who were coming from far and wide.
"We are looking forward to welcoming HRH the Earl of Wessex at a later date."
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A forecast of freezing fog led to the engagement being postponed amid fears the prince's helicopter would not be able to fly safely.
The Earl of Wessex was due to officially open De Montfort University's million Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee leisure centre, in Duns Lane, and visit two colleges in the county.
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