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Patrons of the Society

The CSP has had two royal patrons - HM Queen Mary from 1916 until her death in 1953, and HM Queen Elizabeth from 1953 until the present.

The news that Queen Mary had 'graciously consented to become the patroness' was announced in the Journal in July 1916:

'We shall need to insist more and more in the future on just those traditions of noble and devoted womanhood which the Queen is so anxious ... to preserve. Perhaps this is why we should feel so grateful for the very tangible expression of her sympathy which we record today.

'The country is going through one of the greatest crisis in history, but after the war we shall be faced with something still harder to meet - the tremendous problem of social reconstruction.'

The Journal of September 1953 welcomed the new Patron in similar terms:

'The accession to the throne of a young and attractive Queen, mother of two charming children, has already given a decisive new impulse to a Britain slowly and painfully recovering from two world wars and an unparalleled economic slump.'

Queen Elizabeth II accepted the Chartered Society's invitation to attend a reception on June 3rd 1980, and expressed a wish to meet as many members as possible.

The Queen also supported the Society when it was the host organisation for the 11th International Congress of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy in the summer of 1991 in London.

Both Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh attended the Congress reception held at the Science Museum, where many members and delegates were able to meet and talk to the royal patron.

The Queen sends a letter of goodwill to the Society each year which is read out at the Annual General Meeting. A group of CSP members are also invited each year to attend a Royal garden party.

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