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Press release

20 NOV 2018

Her Majesty The Queen visits RICS to mark 150th anniversary

The Queen meets the future of the profession and views new industry technology.

The Queen visited the RICS London headquarters today, as part of the organisation’s 150th year anniversary celebrations.  

During the visit the Queen, Patron of the RICS, toured the building meeting with members of the profession; RICS staff including those representing the organisation’s charitable work; Mr Nigel Clutton, the great-grandson of both the RICS Founder and first President; and trainees, students and diversity champions of the RICS.

Her Majesty viewed the ‘Shaping the World, Building the Future’, exhibition containing items celebrating the impact and contribution that surveyors globally have made over the last 150 years, as well as future technology showing the changes in the profession and the new technology in use, and a Lego model of the RICS headquarters.

The exhibition also included one of the latest Augmented Reality App’s, where The Queen viewed a surveyed model of the RICS HQ building as it was projected into life from a phone.

In 2015, RICS launched the Inclusive Employer Quality Mark (IEQM) to aid the profession in moving towards a more diverse and inclusive workforce fit and relevant for the future. Her Majesty met those representing the profession of the future, and the RICS diversity champions including the latest winners of the Women of the Future awards.

As a gift, a lego model of the Penfold Letter Box was presented to the Queen.

Watch: The Queen visits RICS

The Queen visited the RICS London headquarters today, as part of the organisation’s 150th year anniversary celebrations.

The Queen then locked a ‘Penfold Letter Box’ time capsule to be reopened on the Institution’s 200th anniversary (2068) before signing a Visitors Book. The time capsule represents both the past achievements and the future role of the profession, including the RICS Red Book, photographs of our Guinness World Record success - (to create the world's longest continuous display of instant photographs featuring images of the built environment worldwide), and letters from our current CEO and President to their 2068 successors and from students, apprentices and graduates to their future colleagues.

It was a unique honour to welcome our longest serving Patron, Her Majesty The Queen, to RICS’ today. Surveyors have always lived by our Royal Charter, serving in the public interest and during the visit Her Majesty met many Chartered Surveyors from around the world, who have made a significant contribution. From professionals at the start of our journey, like Irene Barclay - the first woman surveyor and a great champion of affordable housing, to those Women of the Future who were presented to Her Majesty today, so many epitomise a pioneering spirit. This spirit will keep the profession fit for the future.

John Hughes
RICS President

“Our cities will be home to almost 10 billion people within two generations, so it is vital that we qualify the next generation. We must be tireless in nurturing talent, and must be blind to gender, sexuality and social background. 150 years on from our beginnings, forty nine individuals in a London hotel have become 134,000 worldwide, driving rapid urbanisation, embracing technology and harnessing the data revolution. Professionalism has the power to drive innovation and to shape the world for future generations, serving in the public interest.”

Sean Tompkins

Find out more about RICS at 150

Further details on RICS’ other 150th anniversary activities can be found in our dedicated 150 area - including the launch of its ‘Pride in the Profession’ initiative to showcase the significant and positive impact surveyors have made to society.