Remembering Queen Elizabeth II

Remembering Queen Elizabeth II

1926 - 2022

Vice-Chancellor's statement on behalf of the University

We are deeply saddened by the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. We stand united in grief with the nation, the Commonwealth and all those around the world who have been touched by her dignity, devotion, exemplary service, and unfailing sense of duty.  

The thoughts of our entire University community are with the Royal Family at this time.  

Professor Karen Cox | Vice-Chancellor and President 

Memories of Queen Elizabeth II at Kent

Queen Elizabeth II had a long association with our University. The first of these was the signing of the Royal Charter on 4 January 1965, which gave us the power to award degrees. The Charter was signed by Queen Elizabeth II and outlines our objectives as a University.  

The Queen also visited the University on two separate occasions, both of which resulted in many fond and happy memories for students and staff.

The Queen's first visit was to open the Cornwallis Extension (Octagon) in 1987. Accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, she met many computing staff and students while receiving a tour of the building. 


I will always remember and cherish the day of the Queen's visit to UKC. Students rose early that morning to see her arrival. It wasn't an enormous crowd then so we could easily get surprisingly close. She was all smiles and cheer. A very happy day!"

Patricia, Calfornia

Queen Elizabeth II's visit to our Medway campus

The Queen's second visit to Kent was when she opened the Medway campus in 2002, a collaboration between the University of Kent, Canterbury Christ Church University and the University of Greenwich


I felt fortunate to have met Her Majesty The Queen in 1987 at the University of Kent where I was studying law. Sad to hear her passing. But she will remain “alive” in the heart of millions in UK, Commonwealth countries and throughout the world."

Datuk Maijol Mahap, Sabah, Malaysia

Books of Condolence

Following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, books of condolence have been set up online and at our Canterbury and Medway campuses, so that  staff and students can share their messages, tributes, thoughts and memories of Britain's longest serving and much-loved monarch.