Royal Charter

A legal document issued by a monarch, a royal charter is used to establish an important organization like a city, national company, or university. Unlike some other forms of legal paperwork, royal charters last forever, and have been used in Europe since the medieval times.

Some examples of well-known British groups formed by royal charters are the British Broadcasting Company, the University of Cambridge, and the British East India Company.

Text by Kat Lonsdorf.