The former and current Presidents with the Society's elected Officers at the Anniversary Meeting on 30 April 2014.
The Society is governed by its Royal Charter (granted in 1751) and Statutes. The following documents reflect revisions to the Charter and Statutes that were passed by an unopposed majority of Fellows at the Extraordinary General Meeting held on 3 December 2015, and formally approved by the Privy Council on 10 February 2016.
- Download a copy of the Royal Charter (revised December 2015)
- Download a copy of the Statutes (revised December 2015).
Recent Governance Documents
Patron and Royal Fellows
HRH The Duke of Gloucester kindly agreed to become the Society’s Patron in 2001.
The Society’s Royal Fellows are Her Most Gracious Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, Her Majesty The Queen of Denmark and His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester.
Council may propose as Royal Fellows any member of the royal families of any country without ballot. Royal Fellows pay no subscription and ‘have no voice in the management of the Society’.
The Society is a Registered Charity (no. 207237) under the Charities Act. Its Trustees consist of 15 members of Council, who are elected from the Fellowship. Council usually meets four times a year to decide matters of policy and to review and agree recommendations of the Advisory Committees and Officers. Five members form a quorum.
The election of the Society’s Council is governed by Section 4 of the Statutes and takes place at the Anniversary Meeting, the high point in the Society’s calendar held on St George’s Day or the most convenient week day adjacent to 23 April.
At least five members of Council must retire and five replacements be elected at each Anniversary Meeting.