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HM Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, planted a tree in McCrea Square to commemorate her first visit to the merged College as Patron.


HRH The Princess Royal, made her second visit as Chancellor of the University of London. 

She arrived in a red helicopter and toured the grounds meeting school children along the way. 




HRH The Princess Royal visited Royal Holloway to open the new residential complex, Runnymede Hall, and view an exhibition entitled 'Holloway in the 1990s'.

Professor John Bowyer, Head of Biological Sciences at the time, explained the Department's research interests to the Chancellor during her visit.



HRH The Princess Royal returned to Royal Holloway to open the new Bedford Library. 

She toured the library’s modern resources and met staff, including Director of Information Services David Sweeney  and Principal Professor Norman Gowar.


HRH The Princess Royal visited as part of the 150th anniversary celebrations of the founding of Bedford College, the first institution to offer higher education for women

Honorary Degrees of the University of London were conferred on four women to recognise their outstanding achievements in the fields of law, science, classics and business by HRH The Princess Royal: The Honourable Mrs Justice Arden DBE, Professor Susan Greenfield, Professor Pat Easterling and Dame Pauline Neville-Jones at the College’s Graduation Ceremony.

HRH The Princess Royal praised the sesquicentenary year as one of celebration not only of the achievements of Bedford College but also of women in general.



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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