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During the early years of Royal Holloway's and Bedford College's history, Queen Victoria and her family undertook royal visits and became governors.


QueenVic1886 30 June: Royal Holloway is opened by Queen Victoria. The Queen graciously permitted the use of Royal in the College’s name.

In the north quadrangle, George Martin Holloway, the brother-in-law of Jane Holloway, presented the Queen with a gold casket decorated with a portrait of Thomas Holloway who had died in 1883.


Prince (Frederick) Christian of Schleswig-Holstein, Queen Victoria’s son-in-law, was proposed to be an Honorary Governor of Royal Holloway. He was closely involved with George Martin Holloway and the establishment of the College. The Prince lived at Windsor Great Park.


The Empress Frederick, the eldest daughter of Queen Victoria, opened and inspected the Shaen Wing, which were science laboratories, in York Place. This was the first royal visit to Bedford College.


Prince Christian of Schleswig-Holstein became a governor and chairman of Bedford College. 


The College Archives

The Royal Holloway Archives and Special Collections records relating to the histories of Royal Holloway College, Bedford College, Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, as well as personal papers of former staff and students.

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