The Royal Charter is a prestigious instrument of incorporation granted by the British sovereign on the advice of the UK Privy Council which awards independent legal personality, defines its objectives, constitution and powers to govern its own affairs, and reflects the high status of that body.
It does not, to any great extent, impose specific duties or responsibilities on the company.
Royal Charters have a history which dates back to the 13th Century and are granted by the British sovereign on the advice of the UK Privy Council.
Today, though they are still occasionally granted to cities, new Charters are normally reserved for bodies that work in the public interest. These organizations include professional institutions and charities who can demonstrate pre-eminence, stability and permanence in their particular field.