Anniversary Day

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):

Our mission

To recognise, promote, and support excellence in science and to encourage the development and use of science for the benefit of humanity.

Our priorities

  • Promoting science and its benefits
  • Recognising excellence in science
  • Supporting outstanding science
  • Providing scientific advice for policy
  • Fostering international and global cooperation
  • Education and public engagement