King Charles III

King Charles III links to RMetS

3 May 2023

As we look forward to the Kings’ Coronation weekend, we are honoured that His Majesty the King continues to be patron to Royal Meteorological Society (RMetS) and here we look back at his links to our Society.

His Majesty the King has been a Fellow of (RMetS) since 1983 and became our Patron in 2002.

In 2007 he was awarded Honorary Fellowship of the Society, recognising his outstanding environmental leadership sustained over many years. Honorary Fellowship of the Society is a signal honour bestowed by the RMetS Council at their discretion on distinguished members of the profession.

Originally the British Meteorological Society, then The Meteorological Society, RMetS received its current name in 1883 when Her Majesty Queen Victoria granted the privilege of adding 'Royal' to the title.

Royal Patronage has been enjoyed since 1904. It has passed through the generations from The Prince of Wales (later King George V), King Edward VIII, King George VI, Queen Elizabeth II and back to King Charles III in 2002.

In October 2008, His Majesty the King (then The Prince of Wales) gave an interview to the RMetS Weather journal for the feature 'Weather in my life', in which he gave very informed views about the issues of climate change and sustainability, and the comments are still relevant to today's conversations.

In 2017, King Charles III co-authored The Ladybird Book on Climate Change with Dr Tony Juniper CBE and Dr Emily Shuckburgh OBE FRMetS. This popular book was organised and peer-reviewed by the Royal Meteorological Society.