The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh visited Lloyd’s to reveal a plaque honouring the market’s 325th anniversary.
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Greeting Her Majesty and the Duke were Lloyd’s staff, underwriters, brokers and associates who assembled in the Underwriting Room to welcome Her Majesty with a resonating cheer. Lloyd’s chairman John Nelson and Chief Executive Inga Beale escorted The Queen and Prince Philip into the Underwriting Room. Lloyd’s infamous Lutine Bell was pealed twice to commemorate the occasion.
By tradition the Lutine Bell, has been rung to proclaim important announcements such as the occurrence on the birth of Prince George in 2013.
After the visit, Her Majesty and the Duke joined a private luncheon with the Council and Franchise Board.
“What a great day it has been for Lloyd’s to welcome HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh. There was a wonderful turnout in the Room – I am so pleased that so many people had an opportunity to see or meet the Queen and the Duke. The Royal Family have been great supporters of Lloyd’s throughout our history,” John Nelson posted on the Lloyd’s website.
The Royal family has had an extensive involvement With Lloyd’s. In 1928 King George V and HM Queen Mary opened the new Lloyd’s building in Leadenhall Street. On 14th November 1957, Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother opened the Lime Street building. In 1979 The Queen Mother opened Lloyd’s Chatham building.