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MCC's Royal Charter

On 1 July 2013 HRH The Princess Royal unveiled MCC"s Royal Charter at Lord's.

It was the result of more than two years work, led by MCC's Incorporation & Structure Working Party (ISWP) under the chairmanship of Peter Leaver QC.

The ISWP was charged with considering the status and governance of the Club, and its first recommendation was to apply for incorporation by Royal Charter.

MCC’s 18,000-strong membership duly approved this reccomendation by a 97.4% majority at a Special General Meeting in June 2012.

The Club accordingly sent a petition to the Privy Council, together with a draft Charter.

It was considered and approved by The Queen at a meeting of the Privy Council on 12 December 2012, and came into effect from the unveiling.

HRH THe Princess Royal unveils MCC's Royal Charter

The Charter altered the Club’s previous status from that of unincorporated association to a body incorporated by Royal Charter.  

Incorporation enables the Club to hold assets – not least Lord’s itself – in its own name, rather than through a custodian trustee.  It also removes any potential liability of individual Members – as owners of the Club – in the event of MCC finding itself in great financial difficulty.  

The Charter, which is sealed in a frame measuring 42 inches wide and 56 inches high, is on display in the Pavilion at Lord’s, and was designed and produced by professional calligrapher and illuminator, Timothy Noad.

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The bespoke border incorporates symbols specific to MCC, Lord’s, and cricket, including the Club’s monogram, Father Time and Thomas Lord.

Her Majesty The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh – the Club’s Patron and a past President respectively – are also represented, as are each of the Test cricket playing nations, by the inclusion of their national flowers.

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