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Black Books Society Lecture & Dinner: Royal Benchers – George V & Queen Mary

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We are delighted to welcome Professor Jane Ridley who will discuss the lives of two of our Royal Benchers, whose combined associations with the Inn lasted from 1892 when the future George V (then Prince George of Wales) accepted the Inn’s invitation to become a Bencher until 1953 and the death of Queen Mary who had become the Inn’s first woman Bencher in 1943.

Jane Ridley is a Professor of Modern History at the University of Buckingham and well-known as a broadcaster and biographer. Her biography of her great-grandfather, Sir Edwin Lutyens – The Architect and his Wife – won the Duff Cooper Prize for 2002 and her other books include Bertie: A Life of Edward VII and The Young Disraeli.

The Lecture will be followed by a black tie dinner.

Venue: Ashworth Centre & Great Hall

5.45 pm Doors open, Ashworth Centre
6 pm Lecture, Lecture Theatre
7 pm Reception, Rooms 1-5 (Ashworth Centre)
7.30 pm Dinner (Black Tie), Great Hall

Dress Code: Black Tie

Guests:  Members can bring up to 3 guests


Lecture & Reception – £15.50 per person

Lecture, Reception & Dinner – £90.75 per person


Please book with the member events team before 10am on Tuesday 4 April 2023

This event is not a qualifying session