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6 AUG 2021

Celebrating our Patron’s Platinum Jubilee

In August 1881, RICS was incorporated by Royal Charter in the United Kingdom. Our core purpose to promote the usefulness of the profession for the advantage of the public has been our guiding light since our foundation in 1868. We are proud to be a Royal Institution and to have a long tradition of supporting our Patron, Her Majesty The Queen.

In 2022, Her Majesty The Queen will become the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, which represents seventy years of service to the nation. RICS will be marking this historic occasion by taking part in the Platinum Jubilee Beacons, which will be lit at 9:14pm on the evening of the 2 June 2022. RICS has a long tradition of lighting Jubilee Beacons, which started in 1977 to mark Her Majesty’s Silver Jubilee. We will be lighting an anchor chain of 43 beacons across all four nations of the United Kingdom, led by RICS Matrics.

We are now inviting participation in this historic event from RICS members, old and new. If you would like to support the event by lighting a beacon or attending a local event, please email A list of the beacon locations can be found below:

  • Knockagh Monument, County Antrim
  • Hayston Hill, Tayside & Fife
  • Collessie, Tayside & Fife
  • Criffel, Dumfries & Galloway
  • Deadwater Fell, Northumberland
  • Skiddaw, Cumbria
  • Nine Standards, Cumbria
  • Holme Moss, Lancashire
  • Cefn Ysgwydd Bach, Holyhead
  • Faenol Fawr, Denbighshire
  • Moel Famau, Flintshire
  • Mow Cop, Staffordshire
  • Beacon Hill, Leicestershire
  • Lyndon Hall, Oakham
  • St Mary’s Church, Haverhill
  • Abbey Gardens, Bury St Edmunds
  • Stowmarket Recreation Ground, Suffolk
  • Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire
  • Guiting Power, Cheltenham
  • St. David’s Head, Pembrokeshire
  • Pembrokeshire County Showground, Haverfordwest
  • Amroth Beach, Pembrokeshire
  • Parc Mawr, Gower
  • St Mary’s Hill, Tenby
  • Mynydd Baeden, The Brecon Beacons
  • Land’s End, Cornwall
  • Chapel Carn Brea, Cornwall
  • The Island, St Ives
  • St. Agnes Beacon, Cornwall
  • North Molton, Devon
  • Okehampton, Devon
  • Dunkery Beacon, Somerset
  • Brean Down, Weston-super-Mare
  • Pen Hill, Wells
  • Tunley, Bath
  • Telegraph Hill, London
  • Blackheath, London
  • Crystal Palace, London
  • Swanley, Kent
  • Hextable, Kent
  • Duncton Down, Sussex
  • Ditchling Beacon, Westmeston
  • Heron Park, Lydd

Sean Tompkins, CEO said “The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors is honoured to lead the lighting of the UK’s Anchor Chain of beacons for our Patron’s historic Platinum Jubilee. It is only fitting that this aspect of the beacons will be led by RICS Matrics, a key part of our organisation which supports many thousands of young professionals in shaping their own future history and lasting legacy”.