The reigning sovereign serves as Patron of the institute, and three Presidents are chosen from senior political figures. They have no governance responsibilities, but assist the institute in a number of important ways at a senior institutional and representational level.

Her Majesty The Queen

HM The Queen has been the patron of the Royal Institute of International Affairs since her ascension to the throne in 1952. The institute was granted its Royal Charter in 1926 by her grandfather, George V.

Chatham House’s three presidents underpin the institute’s independent, non-partisan voice on international affairs. The presidents confirm, through their experiences at the highest levels of government and diplomacy, the connection between Chatham House and policy-makers.