On Wednesday, the Princess Royal received a special lifetime achievement award.
Her Royal Highness was presented with the City Livery Club’s delayed 2020 Root & Branch Lifetime Achievement Award which recognises the Princess for her long involvement with the City Livery Club.
The Club was founded in 1914 and offers a private daytime Club for Liverymen and members of related City organisations. Members are able to meet, dine, and exchange views in heritage premises close to the Tower of London, Mansion House, and Guildhall. The Princess is an Honorary Member and her late father, the Duke of Edinburgh was also an Honorary Member.
Working with the club for over 35 years, the Princess is a member or honorary member of 11 City Livery Companies. She has served nine of the companies as Master or Prime Warden. Her “Mother Company” is the Farriers and when she joined, the Princess became the second only female Master of any Livery in 1984 and 1985.
In a statement, the Club said on the Princess’s award: “The accolades given to her include comments that she was extremely conscientious and a no nonsense leader. Without exception she has remained closely in touch with these companies, continuing an active engagement in their work and attending events to celebrate anniversaries or present prizes. She has spoken of her admiration for the way that the Livery bridge the gap between traditional skills and business.”
Other members of the royal family have been active in the City’s Livery Companies with several members holding the office of Master or Prime Warden. Her Majesty The Queen is Royal Patron of The Worshipful Company of Shipwrights and the Honourable Company of Master Mariners. In addition, The Queen is also a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Drapers and a Freeman of the City of London.