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.