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.
from left to right: President Nic Somers, HRH The Princess Royal, The Rt.Hon. The Lord Mayor
from left to right: Sheriff Chris Hayward CC, President Nic Somers, HRH The Princess Royal, The Rt.Hon. The Lord Mayor, Mrs Anne Somers