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The Queen and the Royal College of Physicians

Her Majesty the Queen was the RCP's Visitor – the equivalent of a patron for other organisations, but a much older term reflecting the RCP’s heritage – and visited the organisation three times, most recently in 2018 to mark the RCP’s 500th anniversary.

During this visit to the RCP’s Regent’s Park, London, headquarters, the Queen came face-to-face with a portrait of her predecessor King Henry VIII, who agreed to the founding of the college in 1518 when asked by his own personal doctor Thomas Linacre.

The Queen first visited the building to carry out its official opening in 1964 and returned in 1986 to open the nearby medical precinct of terraced houses, which had been refurbished to accommodate RCP departments and other medical organisations.