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Remembering Her Majesty The Queen

As we mourn the loss of Queen Elizabeth II, we reflect on her reign and a long and valued relationship with King’s.

HM The Queen at the opening of Bush House in 2019.

We join with the nation in mourning the loss of Her Majesty The Queen and reflect on her extraordinary life and reign.

As our Patron, The Queen had a long and valued association with King’s and visited the university on numerous occasions, usually accompanied by her late husband, His Royal Highness, Prince Philip. Prince Philip, had a long and valued association with King’s, dating back to 1955 when he became a Life Governor of King’s College London.

During her 70-year reign, The Queen has seen 12 Principals of King’s and has had a lasting connection with our campuses, officially opening the Strand Building, the Maughan Library, Bush House and Somerset House East Wing.

As the Patron of Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, The Queen has been welcomed on numerous occasions at their medical and dental schools and has met with staff of King’s College Hospital on several occasions.

Her Majesty devoted her life to service and has been an important figurehead for the UK and the Commonwealth during times of enormous social change.

As a King's community we mourn the loss of Her Majesty, The Queen Elizabeth II. Our sincere condolences are with the Royal Family and those close to her during this time.

Image of a woolly Reggie, presented to the Duke and Duchess of York (King George VI and Queen Elizabeth), for Princess Elizabeth (Queen Elizabeth II), 1929.
A woolly Reggie, presented to the Duke and Duchess of York (King George VI and Queen Elizabeth), for Princess Elizabeth (Queen Elizabeth II), 1929.

27 June 1972, HM The Queen and HRH Prince Philip visited for the opening of the Strand Building

Photograph of The Queen and Prince Philip meeting guests at the opening of the Strand Building in 1972. Image: King's College London Archives.
The Queen and Prince Philip meeting guests at the opening of the Strand Building in 1972. Image: King's College London Archives.
Photograph of The Queen and Prince Philip at the opening of the Strand Building in 1972. Image: King's College London Archives.
The Queen and Prince Philip with General Sir John Hackett (left), Principal of King’s College London 1975-1980. Image: King's College London Archives.

14 November 2002, HM The Queen visited for the opening of the Maughan Library. 

Photograph of The Queen and Professor Arthur Lucas, Principal of King’s College London 1993-2003 at the opening of the Maughan Library, 2002.
The Queen and Professor Arthur Lucas, Principal of King’s College London 1993-2003 at the opening of the Maughan Library, 2002.

29 February 2012, HM The Queen and HRH Prince Philip visited for the opening of the Somerset House East Wing, home of The Dickson Poon School of Law.  

The Queen at the opening of the Somerset House East Wing, home of The Dickson Poon School of Law, February 2012.
The Queen at the opening of the Somerset House East Wing, home of The Dickson Poon School of Law, February 2012.
The Queen at the opening of the Somerset House East Wing, home of The Dickson Poon School of Law, February 2012.
The Queen meeting members of the King’s community, including Professor Shitij Kapur (now President & Principal of King’s College London) and Revd Tim Ditchfield.
Photograph of The Queen and Prince Philip greeted by Sir Richard Trainor, Principal of King’s College London 2004-2014, February 2012.
The Queen and Prince Philip greeted by Sir Richard Trainor, Principal of King’s College London 2004-2014, February 2012.
The Queen at the opening of the Somerset House East Wing, home of The Dickson Poon School of Law, February 2012.

19 March 2019, HM The Queen and HRH The Duchess of Cambridge visited for the opening of Bush House. 

Image of HM The Queen meeting former principal Sir Ed Byrne at the opening of Bush House.
The Queen greeted by Sir Ed Byrne, Principal of King’s College London 2014-2021, March 2019.
Image of HM The Queen at the opening of Bush House.
Image of HM The Queen at the opening of Bush House.