The Royal Society of St. George was founded in 1894 with the noble object of promoting "Englishness" and the English way of life.
The Society quickly attracted the support of many distinguished public figures in England and throughout the then British Empire. Its first Royal Patron was Queen Victoria; and the society has enjoyed the Patronage of every reigning monarch from that day to this.
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, in 1963, bestowed a notable honour by granting the Society its own Royal Charter, a distinction of which its members are justifiably proud.
The Society was further granted Arms in 1990.
The Royal Charter
The objectives of The Society as laid down in its Royal Charter are:
- To foster the love of England and to strengthen England and the Commonwealth by spreading the knowledge of English history, traditions and ideals.
- To keep fresh the memory of those in all walks of life, who have served England or the Commonwealth in the past, to inspire leadership in the future.
- To combat all activities likely to undermine the strength of England or the Commonwealth.
- To further English interest everywhere to ensure that St. George's Day is properly celebrated and to provide focal points all the world over where English men and women may gather together.
The Society is inclusive and independent of party politics. Membership is open to anyone who supports the aims and objectives of the Society.
To be widely recognised as the premier English patriotic society; attracting members from all walks of life; celebrating important dates in English history; supporting and encouraging the young; sharing and maintaining our Culture; Heritage and traditions; having a voice on issues that affect our country and the Commonwealth; and supporting charitable causes.
“To promote the character and true diversity of England and its people”
We achieve this by:
- Supporting the Monarchy, our Charter and our Democracy
- Being proud of English values and character
- Protecting English Heritage, Faiths, History and Traditions through education, practice and culture
- Celebrating and embracing the social and cultural diversity within England - Past, Present and looking to the Future
- Recognising and supporting local and regional identities, eccentricities, customs and products.
- Uniting the nation and encouraging the celebration of St George’s Day
- Challenging doctrines that threaten to undermine our objectives and mission, whilst upholding the right to free thought, speech and movement
- Championing campaigns and supporting like-minded (non-political) groups with an English focus
- Supporting England's role in maintaining the unity of the United Kingdom and of the Commonwealth
Culture & Values
The following sets out the Royal Society of St George's culture and values statements - behaviours that the Council, Branches and Members are expected to demonstrate in everything we do in and for the Society.
- We are an inclusive Society, welcoming people from all walks of life, backgrounds, faiths and beliefs, who support our aims and objectives, as set out in the Royal Charter and other governing documents.
- We are proud of our Patron, history, heritage, culture, traditions, flag and the Commonwealth, and will endeavour, in all our activities, to further and positively share this knowledge, to keep “Englishness” alive and special, particularly with younger members of society.
- Our Council members work diligently towards the development and sustainability of the Society, supporting the Chairman and officers, our branch network, delivering on all promises and commitments and attending, at a minimum, three Council Meetings each year.
- The Society will organise four main events each year, which will be open to all members and their guests, namely:
- The St. George’s Day Cadet Cenotaph Parade
- The Battle of Britain Day lunch at the RAF Club
- The Standards service at St George's Church, Hanover Square and
- The Annual General Meeting
- The Society will do whatever it can reasonably do to raise the profile and aims of the Society amongst the general public.
- Branches of the Society (both in England and overseas) shall organise local events and functions in line with the Society’s aims: focused on social, community and fund raising activities, wherever possible reflecting the eclectic make-up of our ever-evolving society and culture.
- Society members support our aims and objectives and are valued members of their communities, committed to our values of tradition, honesty, integrity, community, tolerance, humour, fair play and a warmth of welcome.
- Wherever possibly, we will either individually, through our branches, or via the Charitable Trust, support worthy and relevant charitable causes that are in-line with our aim and objectives.