A tribute to our Patron: Her Majesty the Queen

The CSP would like to pay tribute to HM Queen Elizabeth II, who served as our Patron for almost 70 years, following the announcement of her passing today.

The Queen 2022

The CSP extends its heartfelt condolences to the Royal Family, and also to our members affected by this loss.  

HM The Queen became patron of the CSP in 1953 and sent her official royal greetings to our members every year since then, to mark our Annual General Meetings. 

CSP chief executive Karen Middleton said: ‘We are deeply saddened to hear of the death of our patron, Her Majesty The Queen.

On behalf of all at the CSP, I share our condolences with the royal family and our thoughts are with them in their grief

‘Our thoughts are also with members affected by this loss during this time of national mourning.’ 

In 2020, the Queen sent us the following message, in which she noted the vital contribution of physiotherapy staff in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, and the centenary of CSP’s Royal Charter

‘Please convey my warm thanks to the Fellows, Members, Associates and Student Members of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy for their loyal greetings, sent on the occasion of their Annual General Meeting which is being held online today. 

‘As your Patron I was interested to learn of the role played by your Members during the Covid-19 pandemic and to be reminded that this year marks One Hundred Years since the granting of a Royal Charter to the Society. 

‘I send my best wishes to you all for a most memorable and enjoyable virtual gathering.’ 

Reflecting on her great contribution 

Queen Garden Party

CSP Chair of Council Alex MacKenzie added: ‘The thoughts of CSP Council, members and I are with the royal family following the death of Her Majesty the Queen.  

On behalf of both the CSP’s Council and members, I send our profound condolences and share our sadness at the news of both a profound personal loss for the royal family and of a sovereign

 ‘Her Majesty had an enduring involvement with the Society as its patron over many decades, including attending the CSP’s Diamond Jubilee reception in 1980 and the opening ceremony of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy Congress in 1991. 

‘The thoughts of our members are with the royal family as we reflect, too, the great contribution The Queen has made to public life, including as the patron of the CSP.’ 

A long history of Royal recognition 

The Queen in 1953

The Queen’s patronage of the CSP stems from the Royal recognition the CSP first received over a century ago, when King George V granted the society a Royal Charter on 11th June 1920. 

The charter was granted in recognition of the society’s high education and professional standards, and its influence upon the CSP remains relevant to this day as this official document granted the CSP Council certain powers, such as the right to award chartered status, and also defined our organisation’s core aims and ways of working. 

The Royal Charter sets out the CSP’s purpose, constitution and powers to govern and, as a result, the society is governed by its Charter, statutes and bye-laws. And the Privy Council still holds the CSP to account, in order to uphold the Charter’s principles and obligation. 

Over the past 70 years, HM The Queen has had a number of key moments as patron.  

CSP’s Silver Jubilee and the opening of WCPT congress 

Prince Charles and the Queen at her Platinum Jubilee celebrations earlier this year
Prince Charles and the Queen at her Platinum Jubilee celebrations earlier this year

In 1980, the Queen honoured the CSP by attending our Diamond Jubilee reception, which was held at Fishmongers’ Hall in London, and Her Majesty was also in attendance at the opening ceremony of World Confederation for Physical Therapy Congress, held in London in 1991. 

CSP president Baroness Ilora Finlay said: ‘Her Majesty’s dedication to all her subjects has been unwavering throughout her reign. Her Majesty’s work has provided stability during many turbulent times. 

Her support to the CSP has been inspiring and uplifting

'Her Majesty’s attendance at our major events, and her annual letter to every CSP Annual General Meeting, have been very important contributions. We feel deeply honoured that she was our Patron.

'Our deepest sympathy and sincere condolences are offered to the Royal Family as the whole nation shares in profound grief.’  

Recognising the valuable work of physiotherapists 

Queen's Honours

CSP members were frequently recognised in her Majesty’s New Year’s and Birthday Honours lists; with three of our members most recently receiving honours from her earlier this year, in recognition of the impact of their work. 

In addition, over the course of her reign, each year a small delegation of CSP representatives (often including members from various professional networks, along with other members and/or staff) were invited to attend one of the Queen’s annual garden parties, which she held each summer in the gardens of Buckingham Palace. 

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