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Old Royalists

Past students of Royal College are referred to as Old Royalists. The school has produced the first Executive President of Sri Lanka and also three Prime Ministers.
The following is list of well-known Old Royalists:

Presidents and Prime Ministers

  • His Excellency J.R. Jayawardene- Former President & Prime Minister of Sri Lanka.
  • Maumoon Abdul Gayoom - President of the Maldives.
  • General The Rt. Hon. Sir John Lionel Kotalawela CH, KBE, CLI - Former Prime Minister of Ceylon.
  • Hon Ranil Wickremasinghe MP - Former Prime Minister of Sri Lanka & present Leader of the Opposition.


Prominent figures in the Independence Movement

  • Anagarika Dharmapala - A leading figure in the independence movement and the revival of Buddhism in the twentieth century.
  • E.W.Perera "Lion of Kotte" - Freedom fighter & Senator
  • Sir Ponnambalam Arunachalam CCS - A Tamil political leader of Ceylon.
  • Sir Ponnambalam Ramanathan - A Tamil political leader and Attorney General of Ceylon.
  • Captain D.E.Henry Pedris CTG - A prominent figure executed by the British.
  • Sir James Peiris[1] - A prominent leader and Vice President of the Legislative Council.


Cabinet Ministers and Prominent Legislators -- Current

  • Hon. Anura Bandaranaike MP -Present Cabinet Minister, Member of Parliament & former Speaker & Leader of the Opposition.
  • Hon. Dinesh Gunawardena MP -Present Cabinet Minister & Member of Parliament.
  • Hon. Rauff Hakeem MP -Present Cabinet Minister & Member of Parliament.
  • Hon. Mahinda Samarasekera MP -Present Cabinet Minister & Member of Parliament.
  • Hon. Ranjith Siyambalapitiya MP -Present Cabinet Minister & Member of Parliament.
  • Hon. Milinda Moragoda MP -Present Cabinet Minister & Member of Parliament.
  • Hon. Dilan Perera MP -Present Non-Cabinet Minister & Member of Parliament.
  • Hon. Naween Dissanayake MP -Present Non-Cabinet Minister of Investment Promotion & Member of Parliament.
  • Hon. Mahindananda Aluthgamage MP -Present Deputy Minister & Member of Parliament.
  • Hon. Mangala Samaraweera MP -Former Minister of Foreign Affairs & present Member of Parliament.
  • Hon. Arumugam Tondaman MP -Former Cabinet Minister & present Member of Parliament.
  • Hon. Sajith Premadasa MP -Former Cabinet Minister & Present Member of Parliament.
  • Hon. Ravi Karunanayake MP -Former Cabinet Minister & Present Member of Parliament.
  • Hon. Kabir Hashim MP -Former Cabinet Minister & Present Member of Parliament.
  • Hon. Sagala Ratnayaka MP -Former Deputy Minister & Member of Parliament.
  • Hon. Indika Gunawardena MP -Former Cabinet Minister & Present Member of Parliament.
  • Hon. Gayantha Karunathilaka MP -Present Member of Parliament.
  • Hon. Tyronne Fernando -Present Governor of the Northern Province, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs & Member of Parliament


Cabinet Ministers and Prominent Legislators -- past

  • Hon. Lalith Athulathmudali -Former Minister of Agriculture, Minister of Education & Member of Parliament .
  • Hon. Dr. Colvin R de Silva -Former Minister of Plantation Industries and Constitutional Affairs & Member of Parliament.
  • Hon. Pieter Keuneman - Former Minister of housing and local government & Member of Parliament.
  • Hon. Lakshman "Lucky" Kiriella - Former Minister of Sports & Member of Parliament.
  • Hon. Dr. Ranjit Atapattu - Former Minister of Health & Member of Parliament.
  • Hon. Anil Moonesinghe - Former Cabinet Minister & Member of Parliament.
  • Hon. C.V.Gunaratne - Former Industrial Development Minister & Member of Parliament.
  • Hon. Cyril Mathew - Former Minister of Industries and Scientific Affairs & Member of Parliament.
  • Hon. Felix R. Dias Bandaranaike -Former Minister of Finance, Public Administration, Local Government, Home Affairs, Justice & Member of Parliament.
  • Hon. R.G Senanayaka - Former Minister of Trade & Member of Parliament.
  • Hon. Cathiravelu Sittampalam CCS - Former Minister of Posts, Member of parliament, District Judge and Government Agent.
  • Hon. George Rajapakse - Former Cabinet Minister & Member of Parliament.
  • Hon. Gamini Jayasuriya - Former Minister & Member of parliament.
  • Hon. Dr. Neelan Thiruchelvam -Former Member of parliament.
  • Hon. Sir Razik Fareed - Former prominent Member of parliament.
  • Hon. Sir Cyril de Zoysa - Former Senator and prominent Member of parliament.
  • Hon. A. Ratnayaka - Former prominent Member of parliament.
  • Hon. E.A. Nugawela - Former prominent Member of parliament.
  • Hon. P.B. Bulankulame - Former prominent Member of parliament.
  • Hon. A.P. Jayasuriya - Former prominent Member of parliament.
  • Hon. T.B. Panabokke - Former prominent Member of parliament.
  • Hon. H. Sri Nissanka - Former prominent Member of parliament.
  • Hon. Wilmot A. Perera - Former prominent Member of parliament.
  • Hon. G. Arthur de Zoysa - Former prominent Member of parliament.
  • Hon. J.A. Martenze - Former prominent Member of parliament.
  • Hon. Dr. V.R. Schockman - Former prominent Member of parliament.
  • Hon. Justin Kotalawela - Former prominent Member of parliament.
  • Hon. Gajendra Kumar Ponnambalam (G. G. Ponnambalam Jr) - Former Member of Parliament.
  • Hon. P.B.G Keuneman - Former prominent Member of parliament.
  • Hon. Sydney de Zoysa -Former prominent Member of parliament.
  • Hon. G.T .Kapukotuwa - Former prominent Member of parliament.
  • Hon. S. Nadesan - Former prominent Member of parliament.


Senior Members of the Defence Services -- Sri Lankan Army

  • Major General B.R. Heyn CLI -Former Commander of the Ceylon Army.
  • General Deshamanya D.S. Attygalle MVO, CLI -Former Commander of the Sri Lankan Army,Former Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Defence and High Commissioner to the United Kingdom .
  • Lieutenant General T.I Weerathunga VSV -Former Commander of the Sri Lankan Army.
  • Lieutenant General G.D.G. Naveen Seneviratne VSV -Former Commander of the Sri Lankan Army.
  • Major General Janaka Perera -Former Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Army, A Leader of Operation " Riwiresa ",Former Sri Lankan High Commissioner to Australia & Ambassador to Indonesia.
  • Major General Vijaya Wimalaratne RWP,RSP,VSP,USP,GR †-Former Commander Security Forces Headquarters Jaffna, A Leader of Operation Liberation.
  • Major General P.P. Fernando RWP,RSP,psc,CR † - Former Deputy Commanding officer of 54st Division, Sri Lanka Army.
  • Major General Parakrama Pannipitiya RWP, RSP, USP - Commander Security Forces Headquarters East (SF HQ (E)).
  • Major General C.H. Fernando
  • Major General Gamunu Kulatunge
  • Major General Chelliah Thurairajah
  • Brigadier W.A.A.P.B Jayatilleka RSP, SLA † - Former Commanding officer of the 54-1 brigade.


Senior Members of the Defence Services -- Sri Lankan Navy

  • Rear Admiral Rajan Kadiragamar MVO, RCyN -Former Commander of the Royal Ceylon Navy.
  • Rear Admiral D.B. Goonesekara ndc, psc, SLN -Former Commander of the Sri Lankan Navy.
  • Vice Admiral A.H.A De Silva VSV, ndc, psc, SLN -Former Commander of the Sri Lankan Navy.
  • Rear Admiral Thisara Samarasinghe RSP, USP, ndc, psc, DISS, MNI, SLN - Director General of Naval Operations.


Senior Members of the Defence Services -- Sri Lanka Air Force

  • Air Vice Marshal Harry Goonatilake ndc, psc, SLAF -Former Commander of the Sri Lanka Air Force.
  • Group Captain Shirantha Goonatilake RWP,RSP, SLAF † -Commanding Officer Flying Training Wing.
  • Group Captain D. S. Wickremasinghe RWP, SLAF †


Senior Members of the Defence Services -- Sri Lanka Police

  • S.A. Dissanayake - Former Inspector General of Police (IGP)
  • G A.D.E.A. Seneviratne - Former Inspector General of Police (IGP)
  • L.G.D.C.L. Herath - Former Inspector General of Police (IGP)


Ambassadors and High Commissioners

  • Sir Razik Fareed - High Commissioner to Pakistan.
  • John De Saram - Sri Lanka's Representative to the UN & prominent Sri Lankan Diplomat in the UN.
  • Neville Kanakeratne - A prominent Sri Lankan diplomat & ambassador.
  • Hon. Mangala Moonesinghe - Former High Commissioner in London and former Member of Parliament.
  • Hon. Susil Moonesinghe - Former ambassador to Iran and former Member of Parliament.
  • Hon. Javed Yusuf - Former ambassador to Saudi Arabia
  • T.D.S.A. Dissanayake A prominent Sri Lankan diplomat in the UN & Sri Lankan ambassador to Indonesia
  • Ernest Corea - Sri Lanka's Ambassador to the United States and High Commissioner to Canada (former Editor Ceylon Daily News)


Mayors

  • His Lordship Omer Kamil -Former Mayor of Colombo & Ambassador to Iran
  • His Lordship Prasanna Gunawardena -Former Mayor of Colombo & Presidential adviser.


Judges and Senior Counsel

  • His Lordship Sir Richard Morgan - Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, First Asian in the British Empire to receive a Knighthood and first Ceylonese to be a member of the Governor's Executive Council.
  • Hon. Justice Manicavasagar - Former Judge of the Supreme Court.
  • Hon. Justice Sir Thomas De Sampayo - Former Judge of the Supreme Court.
  • Hon. Justice T.S. Fernando QC - Fromer Judge of the Supreme Court.
  • Hon. Justice C.V.Wigneshwaran PC -Former Judge of the Supreme Court.
  • Hon. Justice S.W.B. Wadugodapitiya - Former Judge of the Supreme Court.
  • Hon. Justice P. Ramanathan - Former Judge of the Supreme Court, Governor of the Western Province ,Chancellor of Uva University and Chairman of the Human Rights Commission..
  • Hon. Justice P. Edussuriya - Former Judge of the Court of Appeal.
  • Hon. Justice Sarath Ambepitiya - Fromer Judge of the High Court.
  • Hon. Justice Eugene Wilfred Jayewardene KC - District Judge.
  • Hon. Justice T.K.N. Thilakan - District Judge.
  • Hon. Justice Christopher Gregory Weeramantry - A former Judge of the International Court of Justice and Judge of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka.
  • Frederick Dornhorst KC
  • C.A. Lorenz QC - The former Acting Queen’s Advocate
  • C.R.De Silva, PC - Current Attorney General of Sri Lanka and former Solicitor General.
  • H. Sri Nissanka QC - a well known criminal lawyer and one of the founders of the SLEP
  • Shibly Aziz PC - A well known lawyer.


Senior civil servants and heads of government departments

  • J.P.Obeysekera CCS- First Ceylonese Secretary of State.
  • Lalith Weeratunga - Present Permanent Secretary to the President of Sri Lanka
  • J.Charitha Ratwatte - Former Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Finance.
  • Harsha Wickremasinghe CCS- Former Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Trade and Commerce.
  • Austin Perera CCS- Former Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Industries.
  • Dr. B.S. Wijeweera CCS- A former Permanent Secretary.
  • D.G.P. Seneviratne CCS- A former Permanent Secretary.
  • A.S.Jayawardene- Former Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka and Former Alternate Executive Director of The International Monetary Fund (IMF), Washington D.C.
  • Sunil Mendis - Former Chairman Hayleys and former Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka.
  • Bimal Padameperuma - Former Chairman Engineering Corp.
  • D.C. Wimalasena - Former Chairman Petroleum Corp.
  • S.C. Amarasinghe -Former CEO of the Electricity Board.


Senior Academics

  • Professor S. "SAM" Karunaratne -Emeritus Professor, Former Vice Chancellor of University of Moratuwa, Founding & current president of the Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology.
  • Professor E.O.E. Pereira - Former Vice Chancellor of University of Peradeniya and Founder of the Faculty of Engineering, University of Ceylon.
  • Professor C.L.V. Jayathilake - Former Vice Chancellor of University of Peradeniya.
  • Professor Chandre Dharma-wardana - Former Vice-Chancellor of Vidyodaya University(now the University of Sri Jayewardenepura), Currently Professor of Theoretical Physics at the Universite de Montreal.
  • Professor Muhammad Monty Cassim - Vice Chancellor of Asia Pacific University, Beppu, Japan.
  • Vidyaj Yothi Professor V. K. Samaranayake - Former Dean of the Faculty of Science and Founder of University of Colombo School of Computing, University of Colombo
  • Vidyaj Yothi Professor Rezvi Sheriff -Senior Professor of Medicine & Director of the Post Graduate Institute of Medicine, University of Colombo
  • Vidyaj Yothi Professor Osmund Jayaratne
  • Professor K. N. Jayatilleke - Head of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Ceylon.
  • Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe - Professor of Applied Mathematics and Astronomy at Cardiff University and Director of the Cardiff Centre for Astrobiology.
  • Professor M. Maheswaran, P.D.(Cantab) - Professor of Mathematics, University of Wisconsin Marathon County, formerly Professor and Head, Dept of Mathematics, University of Peradeniya.
  • Professor B.A. Abeywickrama - Emeritus Professor, Dept. of Botany, University of Colombo.
  • Professor William Norman, RAE - Professor (Chemistry & Physics), Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.
  • Professor R.H. Paul - Professor (Electrical Engineering), University of Peradeniya.
  • Professor Chelvanayagam Vaseeharan -Professor of Mathematics and Former Sri Lanka Athletics team Captain.
  • Professor Hema Ellawala
  • Professor Colvin Goonaratna MBBS, FRCP, PhD - Emeritus Professor of Physiology, University of Colombo.
  • Professor Parakrama Chandrasoma - Professor of Pathology, University of Southern California, USA.
  • Professor S.R. Kottegoda - Department of Pharmacology, University of Colombo.
  • Professor Nalin de Silva - Department of Mathematics, University of Kelaniya
  • Professor Asantha Cooray - Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of California, Irvine
  • Professor A. Suri Ratnapala -Professor of Law, T.C. Beirne School of Law, University of Queensland, Australia.
  • Professor L. P. Samaranayake - Professor of Pathology, Hong Kong University.
  • Dr.Nalin Ranasinghe- Head ,Deapartment of Computation and Intelligent Systems, University of Colombo School of Computing, University of Colombo.
  • Dr. Gihan N. Wikramanayake - Head, Deapartment of Information Systems Engineering (ISE), University of Colombo School of Computing, University of Colombo.
  • Dr. D.A.I.Munindradasa - Defence Advisor and Senior Lecturer, Department of Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering of the Moratuwa University.
  • Dr. W. Mallawaratchi - Lecturer fo Chemistry, University of Peradeniya.
  • Dr. A M Mubarak - Director, National Science Foundation.
  • Dr.Gihan V Dias -Senior Lecturer, Electronics & Telecommunications Department, University of Moratuwa.
  • Dr. Devaka Weerakoon - Senior Lecturer, Department of Zoology, University of Colombo.
  • J. K. B. Abeysinghe - Senior Lecturer, Department of Mathematics, University of Colombo.


Educationalists

  • J.C.A. Corea - First Sri Lankan Principal of Royal College, Colombo - 1946-1953
  • Dudley K G de Silva - Principal of Royal College, Colombo - 1954-1966 and Director of Technical Education, Ministry of Education.
  • Cedric Orlorff - Principal of Trinity College, Kandy - 1957-1968
  • Vijitha Weerasinghe - Deputy Principal of Royal College, Colombo.


Captains of industry and commerce

  • Sir Ernest De Silva - Greatest Philatelist in Sri Lanka's History, Former Chairman of the Senate of Sri Lanka and the founding Chairman of the Bank of Ceylon.
  • Sir Cyril de Zoysa - Recorded Richest Sri Lankan to date and Philanthropist.
  • U.N.Gunasekera - Considered to be the Most Successful Sri Lankan Construction Engineer of the 20th Century, Owner of Glass House.
  • Phillip Upali Wijewardena -Founder of Upali Group.
  • Deshamanya Ken Balendra - Chairman of John Keells Holdings and former Chairman of the Bank of Ceylon.
  • Deshamanya Dr.Lalith Kotelawala - Chairman Ceylinco Consolidated.
  • Susantha Ratnayake - Current Chairman of John Keells Holdings.
  • Ratna Sivaratnam - Former Chairman and Managing Director Aitken Spence
  • Hemaka Amarasuriya - Chairman Singer Sri Lanka.
  • Thaya Thayakaran - President Emmeci USA.
  • Rajendra Theagarajah- Chief Executive Officer Hatton National Bank.
  • D. S. Jayasundera - Chairman Hayleys
  • S Skandakumar - Chairman George Steuarts & Co Ltd
  • Vijaya Malalasekara - Chairman Ceylon Tobacco Company (CTC)
  • Ravi Wijenathan - CEO of Millennium Development (Pvt) Ltd
  • Mahendra Amarasuriya - Chairman Commercial Bank.
  • Deshamanya Mahesh Amalean - Chairman MAS Holdings.
  • Dian Gomes - Managing Director, MAS Intimates (Pvt) Ltd, Slimline (pvt) Ltd & President Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).
  • Uddaka Tennekoon - Former Managing Director of Mercantile Merchant Bank.
  • Nushad Perera - General Manager Sales and Marketing Dialog Telekom.
  • K. Manikkavasagar - A former Director of Glaxo
  • Rizvi Zaheed - Director Hayleys
  • kbar Jahir - A Director of JaUk Trading, United Kingdom


Prelates

  • The Most Reverend Roger Adrian Herft - Current Anglican Archbishop of Perth, Australia.
  • Rt.Revd. Duleep De Chickera - His Lordship the current Bishop of Colombo.
  • Rt.Revd. Harold De Soyza - First Ceylonese Bishop of Colombo.
  • Rt.Revd. Kenneth Fernando - Former the Bishop of Colombo.
  • Most Ven. Kollupitiye Mahinda Sangharakkhitha - Chief Incumbent (Priest) of the Kelaniya Raja Maha Viharaya.
  • Rt.Revd. Lakdasa De Mel - Former Bishop of the Church of Ceylon.
  • Revd. Dr. Lakshman Wickremasinghe - Youngest Bishop in the Church of England.


Sportsmen and Sports Administrators

  • Ranjan Madugalle- Former Test Cricket Captain of Sri Lanka and the present presently Chief Match Referee of the International Cricket Council.
  • Gamini Goonesena - Former Ceylon & Cambridge University Cricket Captain.
  • Asantha De Mel - Former Sri Lankan cricketer
  • N.S. Joseph - Former Sri Lankan cricketer
  • Lionel Almeida - Former Sri Lankan cricketer
  • Tyrrel Muttiah - Former Sri Lankan cricketer
  • Jehan Mubarak - Sri Lankan cricketer
  • Mahesh Rodrigo - Former Ceylon Rugby Captain
  • Dr.Maiya Gunasekara - Former Sri Lankan Rugby Captain & Former President of the Sri Lankan Rugby Football Union (SLRFU)
  • L.W.De.Z.Guneratne - Former Sri Lankan Rugby Captain
  • Asanga Rodrigo - Former Sri Lankan Rugby Captain
  • Indrajith Coomaraswamy - Former Sri Lankan Rugby Captain
  • Timothy Speldewinde - Former Sri Lankan Swimming Champion. Represented Sri Lanka in the Asian Games. Won Gold and Silver medals at the Asian Age Group Championship
  • Jullian Bolling- Former Sri Lankan Swimming Captain & South Asian Gold Medalist
  • Hugh Aldons - Former Ceylon Hockey Captain
  • Franklyn Emmanuel - Former Sri Lankan Youngest Tennis Champion and Davis Cup Player
  • Summa Navaratnam - Represented Ceylon in Athletics. Former Asian record holder-Dubbed "The fastest man in Asia"
  • Pavithra Fernando - Present Senior Sri Lankan Rugby Player
  • Alfred Hensman - Former Sri Lankan Rugby player
  • Harin Kaluaratchi - Former Sri Lankan Rugby Player
  • Rajith Jayasundara - Former Sri Lankan Rugby Player(First represented Sri Lanka at age 16)
  • Niluka Karunaratne - Internationally Ranked Badminton Player.


Architects

  • Deshamanya Geoffrey Bawa - Most renowned Architect in Sri Lanka.
  • Dr. Lochi Gunaratna - Architect.
  • K.L. Gooneratne - Architect.
  • Medicine (members with significant achievements)
  • Dr. E.M. Wijerama -The first President of the Ceylon College of Physicians, donated his house to the Medical College Library.
  • Dr. J.B. Peiris - Former President of the Sri Lanka College of Physicians.
  • Dr. H.N. Rajaratnam - Former President of the Sri Lanka College of Physicians.
  • Dr. R.S.B. Wickremasinge - Director of the Medical Research Institute, Sri Lanka.
  • Dr C A Hewavitharana -Former prominent member of the Ceylon University College Council.
  • Dr. Luckdasa Dissanayake - Prominent Surgeon, Cancer Hospital, Sri Lanka.
  • Poets, Novelists & Academic Writers
  • Phiroz Mehta - A Writer and lecturer on religious topics.
  • Dr. Brendon Gooneratne -A Well-known author.
  • Dr. P.S.C. Goonetileke -A Well-known author.
  • The Arts, Media & Entertainment
  • Vernon Corea - A pioneer radio broadcaster & News Director with Radio Ceylon, Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation and the BBC.(Ethnic Minorities Adviser to the BBC).
  • Leon Belleth - A pioneer radio broadcaster at Radio Ceylon,Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation.
  • Lucky Senanayake - A renowned painter.
  • Iraj Weeraratne - a music producer & musician.
  • Ranidu Lankage - a musician.


Other prominent alumni

  • Captain O. J. Robertson MC,LR † -First Royalist to recive a Military Cross in world war 1.
  • Lieutenant A. W. M. N. M. de Silva WWV † -A recipient of the Weera Wickrama Vibhushanaya, the 2nd higst award for combat bravery in Sri Lanka.
  • Flying Officer U. R. Fernando (Jnr) WWV † -A recipient of the Weera Wickrama Vibhushanaya, the 2nd highest award for combat bravery in Sri Lanka.
  • Dr. Sunil Abeyesundere - Computer & Electronics Specialist, Former Competent Authority ITN & Consultant Ministry of State
  • Gunner Kenneth R. Porritt CGA - One of the Cocos Islands mutineers.
  • Faris Thowfeek



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