The Queen hosts a reception to mark our 50th anniversary

Published: 18 Mar 2015

The Queen hosts a reception to mark our 50th anniversary

Her Majesty The Queen, Patron of The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, hosted a reception at Buckingham Palace last night (Wednesday 18th March), to mark our 50th anniversary.

Fellows from every decade since 1965 represented the Trust at this special event.

Representatives from The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust in Australia, and The Winston Churchill Foundation of the United States also attended.

During the event, the Queen was presented with the new Winston Churchill Memorial Trust medallion by its designer Brian Clarke, who is himself a Fellow and a Trustee. 

To mark our half century, we have just awarded a record number of 150 Travelling Fellowships – investing £1.3m in British citizens. The Fellows will travel to 58 countries between them, across six continents, where they will carry out a wide range of projects. 

Baroness Grey-Thompson, Fellow of 1993, described her Fellowship:  "I went to Perth in Australia to look at their methods of identifying talent, and although those methods are very good, it was useful for me to realise that they would not work here because their weather is so much better and they have a smaller population," she said."That was useful for me to know when I joined the board of UK Sport in 1997."

Many more events are being held throughout the year to celebrate Sir Winston’s life and legacy.

We were delighted and honoured that the Queen hosted a reception to mark our anniversary year. Sir Winston’s legacy lives on through our Fellows – individuals who, like him, have vision, leadership, a passion with a purpose, and a commitment to help their fellow citizens says Jamie Balfour, Director General of The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.