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A tribute to our Royal Patron, Her Majesty the Queen

The British Dental Association, on behalf of the UK's 42,000 dentists, extends our sincere condolences to the Royal Family on the passing of our Royal Patron, Her Majesty The Queen.

Her Majesty followed in her father's footsteps as patron of the Association, and honoured us by opening our headquarters in 1967, noting then:

"When you have found out how to prevent all dental disease and have persuaded everyone to do what they should do to bring about this happy state of affairs, the need for dentists would be largely eliminated.

"As long as the need for dentistry exists so long there will be a need for the British Dental Association"

His Royal Highness, The Duke of Edinburgh, had also served as an honorary member and our past president, and along with Her Majesty was a firm believer in the role dentists play in improving the health of the nation.

Both her Majesty's and the Duke's words continue to guide and inspire this profession.