Today is International Nurses Day so let’s look back to when a key part of masonic history was caught on camera, as Her Majesty the Queen left hospital in 2013.
The distinctive belt buckle worn by the nurse shows that she trained at what was the Royal Masonic Hospital in London.
King George V and Queen Mary opened the Royal Masonic Hospital in 1933, and a School of Nursing was established there in 1948. It quickly gained a reputation for producing highly skilled nurses whose silver belt buckles became a distinctive honour amongst the profession.
The hospital is closed now, but it has storied history you can read about here.