A Royal Charter is an instrument of incorporation, granted by Her Majesty The Queen, which confers an independent legal personality on an organisation and defines its objectives, constitution, and powers to govern its own affairs. The terms of each Royal Charter are therefore somewhat different, depending on the individual requirements of the type of organisation that is being incorporated.
When legislation was introduced in the 19th century facilitating the incorporation of commercial enterprises, and with the advent of charities legislation, the occasion for incorporation by the grant of a Royal Charter became much reduced. It has become limited to bodies pre-eminent in their field and satisfying certain criteria, and since the 1950’s one of these criteria has been that the petitioner shall not exist solely to advance the interests of its members, but also, and primarily, to advance the public interest.
A key part of the Security Professionals’ petition was that it would create and operate a Register of Chartered Security Professionals which is has done since 2010. Amendments to Charters can be made only with the agreement of Her Majesty The Queen in Council.
On 15th October 2009 the Security Professionals Company petitioned the Privy Council for a Royal Charter and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II subsequently approved an Order instructing the Lord Chancellor to affix the Great Seal to the Worshipful Company’s Charter. The Royal Charter was granted on 15th February 2010.
The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals is therefore a Royal Charter incorporated body with Company number RC000836.