The Royal Over-Seas League is dedicated to championing international friendship and understanding throughout the Commonwealth and beyond. A not-for-profit private members’ club, we’ve been bringing like-minded people together since our launch in 1910.


Today, we offer our 16,000 members a warm welcome centred on our beautiful clubhouse in central London, and the chance to get involved in all kinds of social, cultural and humanitarian activities around the world. Meet the team who will be there to greet you.

ROSL is a self-funded organisation which operates under a Royal Charter and 'aims at promoting an enduring multi-racial fellowship pledged to the support of the Commonwealth and to the service of others and humanity at large.'  

Patron  HM The Queen
Vice-Patron  HRH Princess Alexandra KG GCVO
President  The Rt Hon the Lord Luce KG GCVO DL

We are proud to put our members at the heart of our decision-making.Through Central Council, which is the equivalent to a board of directors, our Executive Committee (ExCom), and a number of sub-committees, the running of ROSL now and in the future is led by members from all walks of life alongside the D-G and senior leadership team. The full list of Central Council committee members can be found listed in each edition of Overseas Journal.

The pdfROSL Bye Laws set out in detail the governance of the organisation.  

In 2010, ROSL celebrated its 100th anniversary and to mark this centenary we created a short film all about ROSL, the club, and its history. Watch the film, or take a look at the ROSL timeline.