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Remembering His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

As we mourn the loss of HRH The Prince Philip, we reflect on a long and valued relationship.

Prince Philip at the opening of Somerset House East Wing in 2012.

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, had a long and valued association with King’s, dating back to 1955 when he became a Life Governor of King’s College London. He gave King’s prestigious Commemoration Oration in 1969, reflecting on his role as a spectator of trends and events and ‘the consequences of indiscriminate progress’. He accompanied Her Majesty The Queen on her visits to King’s on numerous occasions: most recently in 2012 for the opening of the Somerset House East Wing, home of The Dickson Poon School of Law, and always took an active and friendly interest in King’s and our students.

Having used his position to make a huge contribution to British life, the duke retired from public life in August 2017.

As a King's community we mourn the loss of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and our sincere condolences are with HM The Queen, the Royal Family and those close to him during this time.

 

Professor Evelyn Welch
Interim Principal and Provost (Arts & Sciences)

Prince Philip at King's

Prince Philip visiting King's in 1955.
Prince Philip greets members of the King’s community, including Principal Sir Peter Noble (right) and The Dean Canon Eric Symes Abbott (left), at King’s in December 1955. Image: King's College London Archives.
Her Majesty The Queen and Prince Philip greet guests at the opening of the Strand Building in 1972.
Her Majesty the Queen and Prince Philip meeting guests at the opening of the Strand Building in 1972. Image: King's College London Archives.
Prince Philip at the opening of the Strand Building in 1972.
Prince Philip meeting members of the King's community at the opening of the Strand Building in 1972. Image: King's College London Archives.
Prince Philip chats to students at the opening of the Strand Building 1972.
Prince Philip chatting with students at the opening of the Strand Building in 1972. Image: King's College London archives.
Prince Philip and former President & Principal of King's Rick Trainor meet guests at the opening of Somerset House East Wing.
Prince Philip is introduced to guests by Principal Sir Rick Trainor (right) during the opening of Somerset House East Wing in 2012. Image: Greg Funnell.

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Evelyn Welch

Evelyn Welch

Interim President & Principal and Provost/Senior Vice President (Arts & Sciences)