HRH The Princess Royal KG KT GCVO QSO was principal guest at the Annual Civic Luncheon of the City Livery Club which was held at Carpenters’ Hall on Wednesday 7th July 2021.

The event was attended by Club Officers and Members, the Lord Mayor of the City of London, Civic representatives, and previous winners of the Club’s prestigious Root & Branch Award, established in 2014.

In recognition of her long involvement with several of the Livery Companies of the City of London, Her Royal Highness was presented with the 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award.

HRH The Princess Royal is a member or honorary member of no less than 11 City Livery Companies and has served as Master or Prime Warden of 9 of them. Her “Mother Company” is the Farriers, where she became the second only female Master of any Livery Company in 1984/5. Since then she has served as Master of the Carmen,  Loriners, Woolmen, Farmers, Master Mariners, Butchers, Saddlers and most recently as Prime Warden of the Fishmongers in 2017/8.

The accolades given to her included comments that she was extremely conscientious and a no-nonsense leader. Without exception, she has remained closely in touch with these companies, continuing an active engagement in their work.

In her acceptance speech, HRH spoke of her pleasure in receiving the award and her admiration for the way that the Livery bridges the gap between traditional skills and business, as well as the positive impact that the Root & Branch Award has had in giving recognition to significant Livery initiatives such as the Magical Taxi Tour.

Credit: Sam Lane Photography @saml24



Credit: Sam Lane Photography @saml24






The City Livery Club was founded in 1914 and is privileged to count the Rt. Hon. The Lord Mayor as Patron and HRH The Princess Royal as an Honorary Member. His late Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh was also an Honorary Member. The Club offers a private daytime Club for Liverymen and members of related City organisations where they can meet, dine, and exchange views in heritage premises close to the Tower of London and within easy distance of Mansion House and Guildhall.

The Club also provides a broad programme of events both formal and informal, with various special interest “Sections” for History & Antiques, Investments, Motoring, Music, Wine, Golf, Aero, Photography, Under 40s and Women in the Livery.

A series of “City Face2Face talks” by VIPs e.g. both our current Sheriffs are informal discussions with City movers and shakers.

The Club has a number of reciprocal arrangements with other fine Clubs in London, across the UK and around the world.

The Club’s Annual Civic Luncheon 2021 made the top story globally on The Royal Family’s official Twitter page:

Please reserve tables for breakfast or lunch on weekdays, or for dinner from 6pm on Thursdays only, in advance via Hasita Senanayake FIH, CUC’s Club Secretary: or via 020 7167 6682. The Events Programme page in the Members area shows our forthcoming events, and any of those of the City University Club that they notify us about.

The Club’s office is closed for August. Debbie Johnson, Assistant Clerk is working from home each week on Mondays 09:00 – 16:30 and Tuesdays 09:00-14:00. She is is available via or 07808 646936

Some Images from the Annual Civic Luncheon 2021

President Nic Somers and Mrs Anne Somers

Acting Vice President Shai Umradia and Mrs Sobhna Umradia

President and Consort along with Michael Morrison, Master of the Worshipful Company of Carpenters and Ken Dalgleish, Deacon Convener of the Trades House of Glasgow and Mrs Lynn Dalgleish

Carpenters’ Hall dressed for the special occasion

Almoner Miss Caroline Walsh, who presented the posy to HRH in recognition of her work as the Club’s Almoner and as a community volunteer

For more information about the Club’s activities please see our annual review covering November 2019-October 2020,City Livery Annual Review 19-20_Hyperlinks

For a complete list of Livery Companies, and plenty of information about the Companies and the City Civic, please see: 

The next deadline for applications is 31 March 2021. For more information see the membership page.


Dining Room bookings: suitably socially distanced tables can now be booked at our new premises at the City University Club.

Please call 020 7167 6682 or email  to make a reservation or for further advice.

Telephone: 020 7248  0620