HRH Duke of Edinburgh Visit

HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh

The College's flag is flying at half-mast, to mark the passing of His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh KG, KT, OM, GBE, PC, Hon.LLD, FRS.

His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh was elected Chancellor of the University of Cambridge in December 1976.  The Statutes of the College provide, as do those of certain other Colleges, for the Chancellor of the University to be the College Visitor (, and the Duke of Edinburgh held this position at Fitzwilliam for 35 years.

HRH meeting Head Chef
8 June 1979, The Duke of Edinburgh, with the Head Chef, and the Master, Edward Miller. Photograph by Edward Leigh


The Duke of Edinburgh first came to Fitzwilliam on 8 June 1979. Subsequently, he came to lunch with the Master and met students, staff and Fellows on 7 February 1985; he unveiled a statue and attended a celebratory dinner on 14 June 1995; he opened the Auditorium and Gatehouse Court on 21 June 2004; and he opened the new Library & IT Centre on 19 April 2010. He stood down as Chancellor of the University in June 2011.

HRH with Professor Lethbridge
19 April 2010, The Duke of Edinburgh waving to students, with the Master, Professor Robert Lethbridge. Photograph by JET Photographic


The Master will write to the Queen on behalf of the College community to express our condolences.

To read the University tribute, click here:

Banner image, The Duke of Edinburgh and the Master greeting Fitzwilliam staff, 19 April 2010. Photograph by JET Photographic

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