The Royal Society celebrates its anniversary on 30 November each year.
Although the Society was founded on 28 November 1660, it celebrates its Anniversary Day on the Feast of St Andrew, 30 November. This date was set in the first Royal Charter, granted by King Charles II in 1662.
At the meeting on Anniversary Day, the President delivers a keynote speech, addressing important issues in the world of science. Winners of the Society's medals, awards and prizes are also celebrated at the meeting and new members of the Council take up their posts.
Past Anniversary Day celebrations
Information about past Anniversary Day celebrations, including links to the Anniversary Addresses are available below:
The transcripts of Anniversary Addresses given in previous years are available below (PDF format):