The Royal Over-Seas League
) is a non-profit members’ organisation with international headquarters based in its clubhouse in central London
. It is also a major supporter of the arts, most notably with its prestigious annual music competition.
Founded by Sir Evelyn Wrench
in 1910 as the Over-Seas Club
, it was given a Royal Charter of Incorporation
in 1922 and Queen Elizabeth II
granted the title "Royal" to mark its golden jubilee
in 1960. Wrench saw the British Empire
of the time as not merely a political and economic structure, but also "a far-flung brotherhood of individual men and women of diverse creeds and races living widely apart under differing conditions in different latitude". There are more than 20,000 members worldwide.
The league today is both an association of individual members and a supporter of Commonwealth
art, music and welfare projects. There is a sister clubhouse in Edinburgh
, as well as honorary representatives, branches or reciprocal clubs in more than 90 countries.
Accommodation, dining and conference facilities are offered at the London and Edinburgh clubhouses. The London clubhouse is at the end of Park Place, a cul-de-sac off St James's Street
in the West End
backing onto Green Park
and has its own private garden; the Edinburgh clubhouse at 100 Princes Street
overlooks Princes Street Gardens
and has unrestricted views of Edinburgh Castle
The clubhouses and the regional branches organise a variety of cultural and... Read More