The making of our Royal Charter

Timothy-NoadIt was at Windsor Castle, at a meeting of the Privy Council that ITMA was granted the Royal Charter on 12th April 2016. This culminated in the Great Seal of the Realm being applied by HM Crown Office in November 2016 and the Royal Charter legally coming into effect.

The journey to this stage has taken some two years. Back in 2014 ITMA first submitted its intention to apply for a Royal Charter.

Timothy Noad (pictured working on our Charter), Scribe and Illuminator to HM Crown Office, has brought Charter’s front page to life with gold leaf and colour. It is scribed on vellum according to centuries-old tradition.

History of royal charters

A Royal Charter first was granted to the University of Cambridge in 1231 according to Privy Council documents. Almost eight centuries later there are still only just over 1,000 Royal Charter holders.

Along with notable seats of education Royal Charters were first extended to providers of important products and services such as livery companies and bodies representing saddlers, skinners, mercers and goldsmiths as well as towns and cities.

In essence explains the Privy Council website a Royal Charter is “a way of incorporating a body that is turning it from a collection of individuals into a single legal entity”. That body then has “all the powers of a natural person including the power to sue and be sued in its own right”.

When Royal Charters were initiated they were the only means of incorporation. Today because other avenues are available new grants have become rare with professional bodies or charities that are both financially sound and able to demonstrate a record of achievement making up a small candidate pool.

We are proud to have been awarded a Royal Charter in recognition of the work CITMA does, our members carry out and the support we collectively provide the public.

Click here to view our Royal Charter photo gallery