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The Privileged Bodies pay tribute to The King

Published 9 March 2023

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


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 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.

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