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