Incorporated by Royal Charter
Patron: Her Majesty The Queen
Recent political events in the United Kingdom have turned the spotlight on the question of English identity. Political debate and media pundits might lead you to believe that the English have only just woken up to their patriotic passions. Let us assure you, this is definitely not the case...
For more than 123 years, the Royal Society of St George has been England’s premier patriotic organisation, promoting and celebrating the English way of life. With thousands of members, more than 60 branches in England and over 30 around the world, the Society organises a wide variety of events, from marking significant moments in history to enjoying English food and drink.
Queen Victoria was the Society’s first Royal Patron and we have since enjoyed the Patronage of every reigning monarch. In 1963 the Queen bestowed a notable honour by granting the Society its own Royal Charter.
Each year we send flowers to Her Majesty on her birthday on April 21st.
The St George’s Cross flag has been the national flag of England since the 1300s and the Society campaigns for it to be flown prominently around the country. In recent years it has been great to see the flag flying at major sporting events but Society members want to see it more widely in everyday life – flying from public buildings, churches, educational establishments and even private residences. It happens in many countries around the world, so why not in England?
England’s neighbours celebrate their national days with fervour – at home, around the world, and among their communities living in England. So why is St George’s Day – April 23rd – such a low key event? One of the Society’s long-running campaigns is to have St. George’s Day declared a public holiday and to encourage celebrations to be held in every village, town and city in the country.
Many of our branches hold various events around April 23rd.
The Society and branches organise many varied events but fixtures on the annual calendar include:
Many branches meet monthly for a lunch or dinner while some hold weekly meetings.
On the south coast, a branch assisted the town council in organising an Armed Forces Day event while at the other end of the country the anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta was commemorated with a medieval feast in the Undercroft of Durham Cathedral.
Over in the west country members visited an Iron Age settlement and organised a Last Night of The Proms .
In London, where there are three branches, recent meeting places have included The Tower of London and The Lord Mayor of Westminster’s parlour.
Charitable support is fundamental to the Society and, across the Society, takes many forms.
The majority of our branches are extremely active in their support of numerous worthy causes, either through fund raising events or direct community support activities.
The Society’s Charitable Trust has, as its main aim, the support of young people in their endeavours to develop themselves and to support their communities.
Membership of the Society is open to all people who love England and Englishness. You can find full details on this website
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