Published: 18 January 2022

The Royal Life Saving Society UK has had its name published in a new novel written by award-winning author S.J.Bennett. The book, A Three Dog Problem: The Queen investigates a murder at Buckingham Palace, is a fictional mystery in which Queen Elizabeth II secretly solves a murder at Buckingham Palace.

RLSS UK sees itself mentioned on page 324, as the story tells of how Queen Elizabeth attends an evening with the Royal Life Saving Society UK as the charity celebrates its 125th anniversary and how she had been a member of the charity since the age of thirteen.

The novel may be fictional, but there is some truth to the story; in 1941, Princess Elizabeth (as she was then) became the first young person in the Commonwealth to achieve the Society’s Junior Respiration Award, providing an example to young people and helping to establish lifesaving and resuscitation qualifications across the network of nations.

In 2021, the Queen spoke about her lifesaving award and the memories she has of working for it in a video call with the charity. 

It’s great to see the memories the Queen has of achieving her lifesaving award within the novel. It highlights how important the work of the Royal Life Saving Society UK is and what a trailblazer Queen Elizabeth was back in 1941.

Watch the Queen's video call with RLSS UK