Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

It is with great sadness that we have learned of the death of Her Majesty The Queen.

The Queen smiles as she visits ECCI in July 2021
Her Majesty The Queen visiting ECCI in July 2021

Queen Elizabeth II was a great supporter of the University throughout her life. Her Majesty first visited the University in 1949, when the then Princess Elizabeth received an honorary degree.

She visited the University on countless occasions and provided invaluable support to students, staff and University officials alike.

Her husband, HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh served as University of Edinburgh Chancellor, with Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal succeeding him.

Her Majesty The Queen’s last visit took place in July 2021 when she visited the University at the Edinburgh Climate Change Institute (ECCI) with Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal.  

Her commitment to civic and social duties and her worldwide impact cannot be overstated. Throughout her life she has led and inspired, carried out her duties with unparalleled dignity and will forever be beloved by millions across the globe. 

Our deepest sympathies are with the Royal Family at this time.

Professor Peter Mathieson, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, the University of Edinburgh


Books of condolence

Staff, students and visitors can contribute to books of condolence at these University sites: 

  • Old College Reception
  • Murray Library, King’s Buildings
  • Chancellor’s Building, BioQuarter
  • The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Easter Bush