The privileged bodies of the United Kingdom are those institutions and corporations which enjoy the historic right to present a loyal address to the Sovereign in person. In modern times this right is exercised on significant occasions in the life of the monarch and at a ceremony specially organised for the purpose. A senior representative of each body delivers each loyal address and, after each one has been read, the monarch responds and receives copies of each address.
The Dean & Canons of Windsor and the Military Knights of Windsor are two of the 27 organisations who presented a Loyal Address to The King in Buckingham Palace on 9 March 2023.
The Right Reverend David Conner, Dean of Windsor, read St George’s address before handing over the leather bound document. Lieutenant General Peter Pearson, Governor of the Military Knights of Windsor read the Military Knights’ address.
The other 25 organisations that presented a Loyal Address on this occasion were:
The General Synod of The Church of England,
The University of Oxford,
The University of Cambridge,
The Free Churches Group,
The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers),
The Corporation of the City of London,
The Corporation of the City of Edinburgh,
The University of Edinburgh,
The University of London,
The University of St Andrews,
The University of Glasgow,
The University of Aberdeen,
The Royal Society,
The Greater London Authority,
The Royal Academy of Arts,
The Board of Deputies of British Jews and the Anglo-Jewish Association,
The Governor & Company of the Bank of England,
The Lieutenancy of the City of London,
The Dean & Chapter of Westminster,
The Chapter of St Paul’s Cathedral,
The City of Westminster,
The Corporation of the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead
The Royal County of Berkshire,
The Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales.
The Dean performed the same duty at the last such occasion in 2012 which was in the Diamond Jubilee year of Queen Elizabeth II.