The Society has had royal patronage through much of its life and its most recent patron was HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.

The Duke of Edinburgh has written:

I have a particular interest in The Society for Nautical Research as my grandfather (Admiral of the Fleet Prince Louis of Battenberg) was its first President and I am sure that he would have been delighted to know how successful the Society has been since its foundation in 1910.

 The saving of HMS Victory and the founding of the National Maritime Museum stand as two valuable and tangible results of the collective endeavours of the members of the Society. To these must be added the contributions by individual members to scholarship, research and preservation in all aspects of nautical history…..the Society is flourishing, long may it continue to do so.