Her Majesty The Queen and Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge open Bush House

Her Majesty The Queen arriving at Bush House with The Duchess of Cambridge

Having hosted HRH The Duchess of Sussex for International Women's Day 2019, King's has had another royal visit. On Tuesday 19 March, Her Majesty the Queen and HRH The Duchess of Cambridge visited the university to official reopen Bush House, the newest edition to the Strand Campus.

President & Principal Professor Edward Byrne AC greets Her Majesty The Queen and The Rt Hon the Lord Geidt greets The Duchess of CambridgePresident & Principal Professor Edward Byrne greets Her Majesty The Queen
and The Rt Hon the Lord Geidt greets Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge


Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge waves to staff and students.

Her Majesty The Queen meeting staff and students at Bush House
Her Majesty The Queen meeting staff and students at Bush House.

The Royal Party met researchers, scientists, social scientists and students, who are undertaking ground breaking research across multidisciplinary subjects, as well as, providing an inspirational education to develop the world’s leaders of the future. Read the full story of the day.


Bush House
Formerly the home of the BBC World Service, Bush House was acquired by King’s in 2015. The building has been completely renovated and now offers state-of-the-art facilities including 40 classrooms, a 120-person lecture theatre, a 400-person auditorium, an NHS medical centre, exhibition space, and an 8th Floor restaurant with balconies offering stunning views of London.

The building is also the new home of King's College London Students' Union (KCLSU) with brand-new student spaces including The Shack café and The Vault bar.

The Shack (left) and The Vault (right)

The opening of Bush House wasn’t the first time that the royal pair have visited King’s.


Her Majesty The Queen is patron of King’s and previously visited in 2012 with her husband The Duke of Edinburgh. She officially reopened Somerset House East Wing, which is now home to The Learning Centre, The Archaeology Room, and The Dicksoon Poon School of Law.

Last year, The Duchess of Cambridge made several visits to King’s. In January 2018 she visited the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience and the Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust to learn about pioneering research into perinatal mental health.


The Duchess also has a strong relationship with Evelina London Children’s Hospital, part of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. She visited in February 2018 to celebrate the launch of a global campaign to empower and support nurses. She met the staff on Snow Leopard Ward to find out about nursing careers and met with some of the patients and their families. The Duchess visited again in December, along with her husband The Duke of Cambridge, to announce that she was to become patron of Evelina London. She will focus on championing medical professionals working on the front-line in children’s healthcare and joins ahead of the 150th Anniversary of the hospital.

King’s was honoured to welcome The Queen and The Duchess of Cambridge to the university once again.