Royal Charter and Bye-Laws

The Royal Charter and Bye-Laws are the RNLI's two key constitutional documents.

The Royal Charter was revised and updated in 2011, and received HM The Queen's approval in Privy Council in October 2011, while the Bye-Laws were most recently revised in 2017. If you have any questions or comments on any of our governing documents, please contact us.

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Donate now and power volunteers through the storm

You can help our crews through the Perfect Storm this winter. They’re needed more than ever, and people still get into danger at sea. But we don’t have the funds to give our volunteers everything they need. Donate today – and make a huge difference.