Posted on 14/03/2014
Hundreds of students, staff and members of the public welcomed Her Majesty The Queen to Royal Holloway today as she took part in a ceremony to celebrate the first ever Regius Professorship of Music being awarded to the Department of Music.
The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh were greeted by cheers as they arrived by car to the North Clock Tower.
The Royal Party then proceeded to the stunning Chapel as The Choir of Royal Holloway performed O clap your hands, by Ralph Vaughn Williams. During the ceremony there was a host of musical performances by students, staff and alumni. The Queen also unveiled a commemorative plaque to mark the visit and the Regius Professorship.
Following the ceremony, The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh met staff and students at a reception in the Picture Gallery, before signing the Visitors’ Book.
Professor Paul Layzell, Principal of Royal Holloway, said: “It was a great honour to have Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh here at Royal Holloway to celebrate the Regius Professorship. We hope she enjoyed her visit here as much as we enjoyed having her.
“Her Majesty was very relaxed and talked to everybody. She is a very knowledgeable woman and was able to recognise most of the paintings in the Picture Gallery. The Queen also visited the statue of her great-great grandmother, Queen Victoria, in the North Quad, and enjoyed reading the inscription.”
The Regius Professorship was accepted by Professor Julian Johnson after The Queen awarded it to the Department of Music last year to mark her Diamond Jubilee. The prestigious award acknowledges the University’s exceptionally high standards of music teaching and research.