of 1765 & 1785 (United in 1889)

The Royal Navy Club (charity no. 248962) uniquely connects officers qualified for sea command in the Royal Navy, serving or retired. It also provides opportunities for members to dine together in order to renew friendships, exchange professional views and network. It has an unbroken history of RN sea command from 1765 and is proud to list Admiral Lord Nelson amongst other significant British naval sea commanders since.

Our charitable purpose is to support needy widows, widowers, siblings, orphan children and dependants of former members.

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HRH Admiral of the Fleet the Prince Philip, 1921 – 2021

The Chairman has sent a message of condolence to our Patron, HRH Prince Charles, on the sad loss of his father, HRH Admiral of the Fleet the Prince Philip.

“On behalf of the Chairman and members of the Royal Navy Club of 1765 & 1785 we offer our most sincere condolences on the sad loss of your father, HRH Admiral of the Fleet the Prince Philip, yesterday. Not only as our longest serving Club member, having joined in 1953, but also as the nation’s Lord High Admiral, the guiding presence of Prince Philip will be hugely missed by us all”

Founders’ Day Dinner

In these extraordinary times of pandemic restrictions, once again the Club was unable to dine together as planned on Founders’ Day. However, it was strongly felt that this occasion should be properly marked and thus a ZOOM video conference event was held with 110 members attending on the evening of 4 February, with 3 members of the Admiralty Board attending as guests. Excellent speeches were heard by both the Secretary of State for Defence, Rt Hon Ben Wallace, and the First Sea Lord Admiral Tony Radakin; each were also generous with their time and took questions from the “audience”. Formalities were ended with our traditional toasts, with members and guests providing their own drink, although a bottle of fine port  was subsequently sent to our 3 guests to replenish their stocks at our expense.

Plans for the next dinner on 4 June 2021 onboard RY BRITANNIA in Leith currently remain in place awaiting the possible lifting of restrictions. The Secretary will keep the membership advised. 


The winner of this year’s RN Club prize has been announced by the Chairman as Lt Cdr Dan Briscoe. It is hoped that circumstances will allow him to collect his prize, a very smart and fully serviceable polished brass boxed sextant from the Fleet Commander at this year’s Trafalgar Night dinner in the Wardroom HMS NELSON. (Image will replaced upon in-person award)