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Royal visit for RICS at 150

The Queen visited the RICS London headquarters yesterday (20 November), as part of the organisation’s 150th year anniversary celebrations.

During the visit the Queen, Patron of the RICS, toured the building meeting with members of the profession; RICS staff including those representing the organisation’s charitable work; Nigel Clutton, the great-grandson of both the RICS Founder and first President; and trainees, students and diversity champions of the RICS.

Her Majesty viewed the ‘Shaping the World, Building the Future’, exhibition containing items celebrating the impact and contribution that surveyors globally have made over the last 150 years, as well as future technology showing the changes in the profession and the new technology in use, and a Lego model of the RICS headquarters.

The exhibition also included one of the latest Augmented Reality App’s, where The Queen viewed a surveyed model of the RICS HQ building as it was projected into life from a phone.

In 2015, RICS launched the Inclusive Employer Quality Mark (IEQM) to aid the profession in moving towards a more diverse and inclusive workforce fit and relevant for the future. Her Majesty met those representing the profession of the future, and the RICS diversity champions including the latest winners of the Women of the Future awards.

Speaking about the event, John Hughes, RICS President, said: “It was a unique honour to welcome our longest serving Patron, Her Majesty The Queen, to RICS’ today. Surveyors have always lived by our Royal Charter, serving in the public interest and during the visit Her Majesty met many Chartered Surveyors from around the world, who have made a significant contribution. From professionals at the start of our journey, like Irene Barclay – the first woman surveyor and a great champion of affordable housing, to those Women of the Future who were presented to Her Majesty today, so many epitomise a pioneering spirit. This spirit will keep the profession fit for the future.”
To find out more about RICS at 150, please click here.


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