With the wedding of the year fast approaching on Saturday 19 May, staff and students at Richmond are getting set to give a huge welcome to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle as they settle into their new home at Kensington Palace.

Just around the corner from the royal palace, Richmond University’s Kensington campus will be the closest university to the golden couple. With two campuses in London in Kensington and Richmond, and being the only American University in London, Richmond has many royal connections already.

The University’s Kensington campus expansion was officially opened by Prince Harry’s mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, in March 1988 and she also attended a graduation at the University.

Richmond, the American International University in London, has been home to many royal families including Prince Louis de Luxembourg and Princess Tessy de Luxembourg, HRH Isa AlKhalifa of Bahrain, Baroness Tatjana von Gaisberg and Baroness Natalija von Gaisberg from Liechtenstein and Princess Sara Faisel Mohamed Al Saud from Saudi Arabia.

“We are delighted to welcome Meghan Markle to the London Borough of Kensington”, said Professor John Annette, President and Vice Chancellor of Richmond University. “We’re privileged to be located in two fantastic locations in London, in Kensington as well as Richmond. Harry and Meghan will be very close by to us in Kensington and the University would be very happy to welcome them in the near future.”

London has just been named as the best city in the world for university students, according to new international rankings, the QS Best Student Cities Ranking 2018.