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Royal connections

Royal visits and connections, past and present


Since Queen Victoria presided over the grand opening ceremony of Royal Holloway College on 30 June 1886 the College has continued to grow in size and status to become one of the top international and research-led universities in the country.

Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal, is the present Chancellor of the University of London and is regularly welcomed to Royal Holloway as a distinguished guest, maintaining our privileged association with royal families past and present.


On 14 March 2014, Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh were welcomed to Royal Holloway by hundreds of students, staff and members of the public. They took part in a ceremony to celebrate the Regius Professorship being awarded to our Department of Music - the first of its kind.

Find out about past royal visits and connections with Royal Holloway and Bedford College over the years 1886-1900, 1901-1914, 1921-1931, 1933-1937, 1949-1958, 1960-1967, 1970-1984, 1986, 1988-1999, and 2000-2014


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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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