The men-only Royal Yacht Squadron, a prestigious sailing club in Britain, in the first week of August 2013 lifted its 200 years ban on women becoming member of the club. Earlier, entrance of the queen, its patron, was not allowed into the club. The ban was lifted after the agenda of change in club rules was voted.
The Duke of Edinburgh (husband of the Queen himself) is the Admiral of the club and the Queen Elizabeth II herself is a patron of the club. But officially, she isn't the member of the Yacht club.
About the Royal Yacht Squadron Club
Founded in 1815, the Royal Yacht Squadron is the most prestigious yacht club in the United Kingdom and arguably the world. Its clubhouse is located in the 16th Century Cowes Castle on the Isle of Wight in the United Kingdom. The club’s patron is Queen Elizabeth II and the club’s Admiral is Prince Philip. In 1833 William IV renamed the club, The Royal Yacht Squadron.
When: August 2013