Friendship Societies

Through their activities most Commonwealth organisations and associations help to nurture kinship and friendship amongst their memberships and with other Commonwealth citizens; the Royal Over-Seas League and Victoria League for Commonwealth Friendship are worthy of mention in this respect.



Royal Over-Seas League

Over-Seas House, Park Place, St James’s Street, London SW1A 1LR, UK

Tel: +44 20 7408 0214 | Fax: +44 20 7499 6738  Email:

The Royal Over-Seas League is a self-funded Commonwealth organisation incorporated by Royal Charter, which offers residential clubhouse, conference and private dining facilities in London and Edinburgh, organises Commonwealth art exhibitions, an annual music competition, and develops joint welfare projects with specific countries. Full membership is open to men and women who are citizens of Commonwealth countries; affiliated membership is open to citizens of other countries.

Foundation: 1910

Officers: Patron: Queen Elizabeth II; Vice-Patron: Princess Alexandra; President: Lord Luce KG GCVO DL; Chairman: Sir Anthony Figgis KCVO CMG; Honorary Treasurer: Simon Ward FCA; Director-General: Major General Roddy Porter MBE


Victoria League for Commonwealth Friendship

Victoria League House, 55 Leinster Square, London W2 4PW, UK

Tel: +44 20 7243 2633 | Fax: +44 20 7229 2994 | Email: |

The Victoria League promotes friendship and understanding among the people of the Commonwealth.

Foundation: 1901

Officers: Chair: Lyn Hopkins BSc MBA FCA ASIP; General Manager: Doreen Henry

Activities: The League aims to welcome and assist all members and visitors from every part of the Commonwealth, giving hospitality, organising events and issuing a diary of events. It also provides hostel accommodation for Commonwealth students.