HM Queen Elizabeth II, RICS' Royal Patron, visited RICS HQ at Great George Street on 29 July 1999. This special visit was to mark the double centenary of the opening of the building and the creation of RICS' benevolent organisation, Lionheart. Read her speech in full.
“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.
I should also like to pay tribute to the tireless fundraisers and dedicated trustees and staff of your benevolent fund, Lionheart, some of whom I have met downstairs. My congratulations and best wishes go to you all on your centenary year and special appeal.
Yours is a profession which is building on the firm foundations of its tradition of high standards. Independence and an overriding regard for the public interest, together with rigorous training and experience, are the timeless qualities of the professional.
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has maintained and enhanced these qualities throughout a century of unprecedented change, and has grown in numbers and influence to compete at the top level throughout the world.
Mr President, ladies and gentleman, thank you for giving me the opportunity today to visit the home of one of our great professions of which I am proud to be patron.”
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