Elle named as University’s 133rd May Monarch

Sports science student Elle Osborne has been named as this year’s University of Roehampton May Monarch, after she was installed during a ceremony at the Whitelands campus.

Posted: 19 May 2014

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Elle Osborne with past May Monarchs

The May Monarch festival is a long-standing Whitelands tradition, dating back to 1880s, and is part of the University’s wealth of heritage. This year the installation was carried out by the Rt Rev Dr Richard Cheetham, Bishop of Kingston.

Miss Osborne is the 133rd monarch installed since the voluntary role was created. She will be raising money for the CLIC Sargent charity during her year in office. As well as supporting the charity Elle will be an ambassador for the University.

And 130-plus years on, Elle Osborne really does have a strong link to the inaugural monarch, from 1881 whose name was Ellen Osborne.

A number of former May Monarchs returned to the university to enjoy the installation ceremony, and toured the campus grounds behind Miss Osborne as part of her inaugural parade.

Gilly King, University of Roehampton’s Heritage Officer said: "Our colleges have a 170 year history, and have several traditions and events like our May Monarch which really bring them to life. Congratulations to Elle, I know she will carry out her year with dignity, grace and I hope she enjoys joining a long line of people who have shown such kind support to Whitelands over the years."

The first May Festival was held at Whitelands College in 1881 at the instigation of the Victorian philanthropist and art critic John Ruskin, friend of the then college principal Reverend John Faunthorpe.

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