HRH Prince Charles Announced as Patron of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

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27 Jun 2022

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd) is delighted to announce that His Royal Highness The Duke of Rothesay has become its Patron.

The Duke of Edinburgh served as Patron of The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh for 66 years, having first become Patron in 1954. The Duke of Edinburgh accepted an Honorary Fellowship from RCSEd in 1955 and visited the College on several occasions including in 2006 to open the Quincentenary building, and in 2015 to open the newly renovated Surgeons’ Hall Museums and the Prince Philip Building.

Professor Michael Griffin OBE, President of the RCSEd, said:

It is a privilege to welcome HRH The Duke of Rothesay as Patron of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

The Duke of Edinburgh played a very significant part in the College’s history during His Royal Highness’ 66 years as Patron, which we recognised in 2015 by constructing the Prince Philip Building. The Duke’s engagement with Fellows and officers at the opening of the building was extraordinary, and throughout his patronage His Royal Highness took great interest in the surgical profession and its advancement of patient care.

We very much look forward to working with The Duke of Rothesay.



About The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

RCSEd was first incorporated as the Barber Surgeons of Edinburgh in 1505, and is based in Edinburgh and Birmingham. It is one of the oldest surgical corporations in the world with a worldwide membership of almost 29,000. The majority of our members practice across the UK, with over 15,000 professionals based in Scotland, England and Wales. The College also has a significant global presence with 11,000 members in over 100 countries worldwide. 

The College promotes the highest standards of surgical and dental practice through education, training and examinations, its liaison with external medical bodies and representation of the modern surgical and dental workforce. It is also home to the UK’s only Faculty of Surgical Trainers, open to all those with an interest in surgical training regardless of College affiliation.

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