Ordinary members have come from a variety of professions, but with a continuing emphasis on travel, exploration and connections abroad.
Early membership of the Club was dominated by outstanding representatives of the Home Civil Service and the Diplomatic Service. The Armed Forces and British and Foreign royalty were also well represented, a tradition that still continues. HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, is the Club's Patron, with TRH The Prince of Wales, The Duke of York, The Earl of Wessex, Duke of Kent and Prince Michael of Kent as Honorary Members. Members of the first Committee of the Club included Viscount Palmerston, Lords Auckland and Beauchamp.
Many leading statesmen have been members of the Club, including Canning, Wellington, Palmerston, Balfour and Baldwin, as well as some of the great names of exploration: Sir Francis Beaufort, Fitzroy of 'The Beagle', Sir Roderick Murchison, Sir William Parry and, of course, Sir Wilfred Thesiger.
There are two categories of membership open to gentlemen candidates, dependant upon how many existing members of the Club they know.
To become an Ordinary Member, it would be necessary for a gentleman to be proposed and seconded by two existing Club members.
The alternative procedure would be for one member who knows him to propose him to Associate Membership.
This applies to those gentlemen who do not know sufficient members of the Club to obtain support, or another member to act as seconder.
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