In Memoriam: HRH Prince Philip, former LSTM patron

News article 9 Apr 2021
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HRH Prince Philip during a visit to LSTM in 1954

It is with great sadness that LSTM has learned of the death of its former patron, HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

LSTM Director Professor David Lalloo said: "I would like to express my sincere condolences to her Majesty the Queen and our Patron, HRH the Princess Royal, on the death of Prince Philip. He has visited LSTM on multiple occasions and always expressed a genuine interest in scientific research and development, especially within the field of malaria. All of us at LSTM look back with great fondness for the interest he has shown in our work for many decades."

Prince Philip and Her Majesty the Queen leaving LSTM after a visit in 1954

Prince Philip became LSTM's patron in 1953 following the death of King George VI, LSTM's first patron, a year earlier. In 1991, having been Patron of LSTM for 38 years, His Royal Highness handed over the patronage to HRH The Princess Royal.

LSTM's relationship with the Royal Family began in January 1905 when Her Royal Highness Princess Christian visited LSTM and gave an address on the subject of “The Progress of Tropical Medicine.” As a result of this visit and her obvious interest in the field, the Princess was invited to become Honorary President. She was succeeded as honorary President by the Duke of York. With his accession to the throne in 1936 he became His Majesty King George VI. In honour of this, His Royal Highness became the first Patron of LSTM.

In his capacity as Patron, Prince Philip visited LSTM numerous times - these images are from 1974