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Earl and Countess Athlone, Queen Victoria’s granddaughter, attended the Garden Party in the grounds at Bedford College. 

The Earl was then Chancellor of the University of London. 


The Duchess of Kent, King George V’s daughter-in-law, awarded international nursing certificates at Bedford College. These were established in 1920 to provide solid nursing training for foreign nationals.


Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone, became the Chairman of the Royal Holloway College Council and later the first Chairman of the Governors of Royal Holloway in 1949, a post which she held until 1958.


mary1937Queen Dowager Mary visited Royal Holloway for its Golden Jubilee celebrations, which were held a year later than planned due to the death of King George V and the abdication crisis in 1936.

Queen Mary attended a Jubilee dinner in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the opening of the College as a teaching institution in October 1887. 

She was accompanied by Princess Alice and planted an oak tree in the north lawns. 

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, was awarded an Honorary Degree of the University of London (DLit) in the same year, which also witnessed the coronation of her husband King George VI. 


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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