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14 May 2024

His Majesty The King becomes Royal Patron of King's College London

His Majesty King Charles III has become Royal Patron of King’s College London, continuing a long and valued association between the University and The Monarch.

An image of King Charles III

After an extensive review of Royal Patronages, it was announced that His Majesty King Charles III has become the University’s Royal Patron continuing a long history of royal connections.

We are honoured that His Majesty The King has become our Patron. Our deep-rooted connection with the Royal Family is something we greatly value, and we look forward to continuing this with His Majesty, with many of his interests aligning with our research expertise in driving forward meaningful change and impact on the world’s greatest challenges.

Professor Shitij Kapur, Vice-Chancellor & President, King’s College London.

King’s College London is one of England’s oldest and most prestigious universities, founded by King George IV and the Duke of Wellington who granted its royal charter in 1829.

As previous Patron, The late Queen Elizabeth II visited King’s College London a number of times, including in 2002 to open King’s new Maughan Library, in November 2012 to open the Dickson Poon School of Law and in March 2019 to officially open Bush House.

His Majesty's late father, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, had a long and valued association with King’s, dating back to 1955 when he became a Life Governor.

This week, The Princess Royal attended the Veterans’ Mental Health Conference organised by the King’s Centre for Military Health Research (KCMHR), following a previous visit in March this year to meet with researchers, clinicians and collaborators of the UNITY Project at the Centre for Neuroimaging Sciences at King’s in her role as Chancellor of the University of London.

As part of extensive research into the history of British Coronations, academics at King's have also been exploring what His Majesty's 2023 ceremony reveals about our past and our present – such as how the event helped create a bond between King Charles and UK children and the different attitudes of adults and children towards the monarchy.