9 May 2024

King Charles III announced as IOM3 new Patron

We are proud and honoured to announce that His Majesty King Charles III has graciously accepted the Patronage of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3).

This announcement coincides with the first anniversary of Their Majesties’ Coronation, following a comprehensive review of patronages previously held by The late Queen, The former Prince of Wales, and The former Duchess of Cornwall.

President of IOM3, Dr Kate Thornton CEng CSci FIMMM, said 'IOM3 is proud of its association with the British Royal Family, dating back to the early days of the Institute. On behalf of the Trustees and Members of IOM3, I am therefore delighted that His Majesty has graciously agreed to continue this long tradition of Royal Patronage of IOM3 by the reigning monarch'.

Founded as the Iron and Steel Institute in 1869, the Institute has a long connection with the Royal Family. Edward, Prince of Wales and future King, became its Patron in 1888; he was followed by George V, George VI and Elizabeth II. The Institute received its first Royal Charter in 1899 and its current one dates from 2002. Prince Philip was an Honorary Fellow of IOM3 and the Prince Philip Award for Polymers in the Service of Mankind was commissioned in his name in 1973 from the then Plastics Institute, a predecessor of IOM3. Prince Philip was presented with the Bessemer Gold Medal in 2015. He attended IOM3 on a number of occasions, including award presentations in 2012 and to mark the opening of the new IOM3 headquarters at 297 Euston Road, London in 2015. HM The King has been an Honorary Fellow of the Institute since 1986.

We are truly grateful for The King's continued support as our new Patron. We look forward to working with His Majesty to help support professionals in materials, minerals, mining and associated technical disciplines to be champions of the transition to a low-carbon, resilient and resource efficient society.