On 26th November 2019, our Patron Her Majesty The Queen officially opened our new headquarters at 15 Abchurch Lane. In the presence of 130 Fellows, Members and guests in the Members’ Lounge, the First Floor Meeting Room and the John Sacher Library, The Queen met Officers, Past Presidents, donors, staff, members from overseas, young philatelists, members of the Publications and Expert Committees and the "Monday Club".
The Queen showed great interest in letters and books signed by King George V and the items from the Royal Philatelic Collection brought from Buckingham Palace for expertisation that day. In the John Sacher Library, The Queen was presented with a copy of A History of the Royal Philatelic Society London 1869-2019 and signed a further copy for the Society’s archive. On returning to the Members’ Lounge, The Queen unveiled the plaque commemorating Her Majesty’s visit and signed the visitor’s book.
It was the most important and memorable occasion during our 150th Anniversary year. It was a great privilege for our President to have the honour of accompanying Her Majesty on her tour of the building to meet so many UK and international members.
There are 2 short videos showing the Queen's visit to our premises available on YouTube by clicking here and here.
This 17-minute video of the visit to the Society by the Queen is available on YouTube:
The gallery below presents a selection of images of The Queen's visit to the various parts of the building.