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.
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.