As people across England celebrate St George’s Day, Royal Circular thought it would be a great idea to give you an insight into a great organisation of which Her Majesty The Queen is Patron – The Royal Society of Saint George.
Since 1894, the Royal Society of Saint George has been England’s premier patriotic organisation and has promoted and celebrated the English way of life. Queen Victoria was the organisation’s very first royal patron and since its inception has had the pleasure of every monarch since Victoria being its Patron.
Buckinghamshire born agriculturalist Howard Ruff and solicitor Harry W. Christmas fine-tuned the constitution of the Royal Society of Saint George and embarked upon a mission to awaken patriotic Englishmen and women and establish a more permanent patriotic English society.
The Royal Society of Saint George was born and more than a century after its formation, the RSStG continues to be reported on in the press and events organised by the Society take place up and down the country throughout the year.
Hundreds of events take place across the country but there are a number of events that are fixed on the Society’s calendar and they include:
- Cenotaph Wreath Laying in Whitehall on the Saturday closest to St George’s Day followed by a laying of a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior at Westminster Abbey.
- Battle of Waterloo luncheon or dinner in June.
- Battle of Britain luncheon in September.
- Trafalgar Day dinner in October.
Many branches of the Royal Society of Saint George organise monthly lunches and dinners while many hold weekly meetings too. Veterans and Armed Forces Day events are also organised and in London, where there are three branches, meeting places have included The Tower of London and The Lord Mayor of Westminster’s parlour.
Key dates for the Royal Society of Saint George for the remainder of 2018 include:
- 65th anniversary of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II on 2nd June.
- Trooping of the Colour on June 9th.
- Armed Forces Day on June 30th.
- 100th anniversary of Armistice Day on November 11th.
On a recent visit to London, I saw an event that the Royal Society of Saint George supports – the Feast of St George in Trafalgar Square.
For full details of the Royal Society of Saint George’s work and membership details, visit here.
Photo Credit: By Paolo Uccello