Brothers Richard and David Attenborough yesterday returned to the city where they spent their youths to receive a top academic honour.
The University of Leicester awarded director and actor Lord Attenborough and TV naturalist Sir David distinguished honorary fellowships during a ceremony.
Their father, Frederick, was principal at the university from 1932 to 1951. During that period they lived on campus.
Asked what their father would think of their award, Lord Attenborough said: "He would have laughed."
The brothers visited the university's Richard Atten-borough Centre, opened by Princess Diana, before setting off to receive their honours at Leicester's De Montfort Hall.
The fellowships, which can be held by no more than 24 people at any one time, are for their service to the university.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Robert Burgess said: "As we celebrate the success of our students, we are always delighted to award honorary degrees to people whose contribution to their local communities, society and the world at large is indisputable.
"It gives us special pleasure this year to award Distinguished Honorary Fellowships to Lord Attenborough and Sir David Attenborough."