The Privileged Bodies pay tribute to The King

Published 09 March 2023

Representatives from 27 extraordinary organisations gathered at Buckingham Palace to present their Loyal Greetings to The King. 

The King meets representatives from each of the Privileged Bodies


Together, these organisations which have helped shape the UK’s diverse society are known as ‘The Privileged Bodies’.

This long-held tradition dates back as far as the seventeenth century and takes place to mark significant Royal occasions.

The King receives tributes from representatives of each Priviledged Body

The Privileged Bodies are culturally significant organisations and institutions that reflect the United Kingdom’s diverse society, drawn from the education sector, as well as incorporating science, arts, and religious institutions. Traditionally, the Privileged Bodies are given the opportunity to present Loyal Addresses to the Monarch, representing the key role they play in British society.

The King receives tributes from representatives of each Priviledged Body

This year, to mark His Majesty’s Accession, the 27 Privileged Bodies presented their Loyal Addresses to The King, serving to emphasise and reaffirm their loyalty to the Monarch.

The ceremony saw a representative from each organisation deliver a Loyal Address to His Majesty. The King then delivered his own response:

Over the course of Queen Elizabeth’s reign, Her late Majesty received the Privileged Bodies on five occasions. Most recently, the ceremony took place in 2012, to mark Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee.

The Privileged Bodies are:

  • The General Synod of the Church of England The University of Oxford
  • The University of Cambridge
  • The General Assembly of the Church of Scotland
  • The Free Churches Group
  • The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
  • The City of London Corporation
  • The Corporation of the City of Edinburgh
  • The University of Edinburgh
  • The University of London
  • The University of St. Andrews
  • The University of Glasgow
  • The University of Aberdeen
  • The Royal Society
  • The Greater London Authority
  • The Royal Academy of Arts
  • The Board of Deputies of British Jews and the Anglo-Jewish Association The Governor and Company of the Bank of England
  • The Lieutenancy of the City of London
  • The Dean and Chapter of Westminster
  • The Dean and Chapter of St. Paul's Cathedral
  • The City of Westminster
  • The Corporation of the Royal Borough of the Windsor and Maidenhead The Dean and Canons of St. George's Chapel, Windsor
  • The Royal County of Berkshire
  • The Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales
  • The Military Knights of Windsor

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