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The Royal Over-Seas League has a rich history, shaped by the political and social developments of the UK, the Commonwealth and the world. Here are just a few of the key events that have created the club we know today.

1904 Empire Day on 24 May instituted in the UK
1906 Evelyn Wrench visits Canada and first sets out his vision for an 'Empire Brotherhood'
1910 Over-Seas Club founded on 27 August by Evelyn Wrench - admitting women as of right before suffrage
1911
First public meeting of 300 members of the Club at Memorial Hall, Farringdon, London
1912-13 Evelyn Wrench embarks on a 64,000 mile tour of the Empire promoting the club
1913 Viscount Northcliffe elected President
1914 First Premises rented in Aldwych. Outbreak of WWI on 4 August and Over-Seas Club begins fundraising activity
1915 Funds established for aircraft, comforts for the troops, Red Cross hospitals. Overseas Journal launched in December
1916 King George V becomes first royal patron
1918 WWI ends in November. Over-Seas Club amalgamates with the Patriotic League of Britons Overseas to become the Over-Seas League
1922 Vernon House, London purchased as a permanent war memorial to Empire troops and opened by the Duke of York. The League is incorporated by a Royal Charter
1927 First Edinburgh premises opened in North Charlotte Street
1930 Scottish Headquarters at 100 Princes Street opened by the Duke of York
1932 Evelyn Wrench made a Knight Bachelor
1933 Purchase of Rutland House from the Dowager Duchess of Rutland
1937 Westminister Wing, London completed
1939 Outbreak of WWII
1940 Allies Welcome Committee provides hospitality and support to all allied troops and continues to 1950
1946

King George VI, Queen Elizabeth, Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret visit Over-Seas House London

1947 The Music Circle established a recital series under the banner 'Festival of Commonwealth Music'
1952 Empire Day renamed Commonwealth Day, held on the second Monday in March and marked by an observance in Westminster Abbey
1959 Earl Mountbatten of Burma, President of the League since 1942 becomes the first Grand President
1960 The League celebrates its 50th anniversary and the Royal title is conferred by HM The Queen. Sir Evelyn Wrench is appointed KMCG
1966 Death of Sir Evelyn Wrench. ARTS scholarship fund established in his memory
1971 First biennial Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) held in Singapore
1972 Final concert of Festival of Commonwealth Youth moved to London's Wigmore Hall and subsequently to The Queen Elizabeth Hall in 1975
1975 New wing of Over-Seas House Edinburgh opened by the Duke of Gloucester
1981 Under Director-General Captain John Rumble RN and General Manager Robert Newell Project 81 launched to upgrade Over-Seas House, London
1982 Inauguration of Book Event series at Over-Seas House, London
1984 Inaugural ROSL Annual Exhibition for young Commonwealth artists
1985 Festival of Commonwealth Music renamed ROSL Annual Music Competition
1987 Fifth floor of bedrooms added to the Westminster Wing, London, opened by Countess Mountbatten of Burma
1992 Concert of Music and Musicians of the Commonwealth held at Lancaster House, London for HM The Queen to mark the 40th anniversary of her accession
1993 ROSL secured official recognition as a Commonwealth non-governmental organisation (NGO) and was represented at CHOGM
1995 Namibia Welfare and Educational iniatative established
1998 ROSL affiliated membership extended to non-Commonwealth citizens
1999 Friends of ROSL ARTS established
2000 ROSL ARTS commonwealth visual arts scholarships (up to 5 per annum) established
2003 Sixth floor of bedrooms added to the Westminster Wing, London opened by the Countess Mountbatten of Burma
2006 Extensive refurbishment of St Andrew's Hall, London to create a concert room. Re-opened by ROSL Vice-Patron HRH Princess Alexandra and renamed in her honour
2009 History of ROSL written by Adele Smith, published by IB Tauris
2010 ROSL celebrates centenary
2013 Extensive repairs to the Edinburgh Clubhouse roof and facade
2014 ROSL marks the centenary of WWI
2015 ROSL celebrates centenary of Overseas Journal