Buckingham Palace has announced the death of the Duke of Edinburgh aged 99. The Duke was made an honorary Doctor of Science by Imperial in 2007.
The Duke passed away after a short period of illness. The Duke is the longest-serving consort of a reigning monarch and has been by The Queen’s side since their marriage in 1947.
The Duke was one of the first people to be awarded a degree from Imperial when the College attained independence from the University of London on its centenary in 2007.
The Duke was made an Honorary Doctor of Science in recognition of his wide-ranging initiatives for young people as well as his outstanding support for scientific and technological research.
In 2006 the Duke visited the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering‘s Constructionarium site in Norfolk. He was given a tour of the different projects underway and watched as students pulled a replica oil rig to the middle of a lake and stabilised it.
In 1985 the Duke was the guest of honour and the main speaker at the City and Guilds Centenary dinner held at the Guild Hall in London. City & Guilds College, founded in 1884 by the City of London Livery Companies, merged with the Royal School of Mines and Royal College of Science to form Imperial College London in 1907, and the College has retained its links with City and Guilds since then.