The day the Queen visited RICS

Annette Howard

Information Officer (RICS)

On 29 July 1999, as part of double centenary celebrations marking the opening of our HQ building in 1899 and the founding of our benevolent fund LionHeart, our Royal Patron, Queen Elizabeth II, visited RICS at Great George Street.


Chief Executive, Louis Armstrong, and our President, Simon Kolesar, joined LionHeart Chairman David Larkin in greeting the Queen on arrival.

RICS Singers performed a psalm chant written especially for the occasion by their conductor Clifford Dann.

The architect was the celebrated architect Alfred Waterhouse. The cost was thirty four thousand one hundred and ninety eighty pounds. And was met from funds accumulated. Her Majesty will know that we celebrate also one hundred years of our Benevolent Fund.

After meeting representatives from RICS and Lionheart the Queen congratulated RICS and LionHeart on their centenaries.

I’m delighted to be returning to your magnificent headquarters building so soon after the restoration to mark its centenary. The work has been managed to the high standards one would expect of chartered surveyors – the professional guardians of our built heritage.

Read her speech in full

Before departing, the Queen unveiled the Millennium sculpture on the building’s roof terrace which depicts the buildings of Parliament.

If you were present for the Queen's special visit, I'd love to hear from you. Please use the comments box below to leave any memories.

Lionheart video of royal visit

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