Published 20 February 2018

Her Majesty marked the milestone for the college with a visit to meet its members and staff, and find out more about this important institution whose first charter was granted by Henry VIII

During the visit to the college's headquarters near Regent's Park, The Queen was shown the original Charter document from 1518, together with the college's portrait of Henry VIII and historical exhibits covering innovation in medicine.

Her Majesty met staff and members of the medical profession, before unveiling a plaque and a new commemorative Charter to mark the anniversary.

Founded in 1518 by Henry VIII, the Royal College of Physicians of London is the oldest medical college in England. It plays an important role in improving patient care and shaping public health. As the professional membership body for physicians, the College has 34,000 members and fellows across the globe. 

To mark the 500th anniversary of the body's original 1518 Royal Charter, the College will be organising a series of events throughout 2018. It has also produced a commemorative RCP500 Charter, to reaffirm the College's commitment to seeking and championing excellent in healthcare - through research, training and support for members of the medical profession. 

Her Majesty laid the foundation stone for the College's Regent's Park building in 1964. This visit comes at the start of a year which will also mark the 70th anniversary of the National Health Service.