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Duchess of Cornwall becomes Patron of Barnardo’s, taking over from The Queen

It has been announced that The Duchess of Cornwall will become Patron of children’s charity, Barnardo’s, taking over from Her Majesty The Queen.

The news comes after Buckingham Palace announced that The Queen would be stepping down as Patron from 25 of her charities at the end of the year.

This is thought to be a result of The Queen reducing her workload due to her advancing age.

Camilla becoming Patron of the charity is a natural choice. She has been President of Barnardo’s since 2007, meaning there will be a smooth transition between The Queen and the Duchess.

Javed Khan, the Chief Executive of Barnardo’s, said: “We are extremely grateful for Her Majesty The Queen’s generous time and Patronage, together with her dedication to the work of Barnardo’s since 1983.

“The Royal Family has given us tremendous support throughout our history, and there has been a royal Patron since 1902 and Royal Presidents from 1923. I am delighted that HRH The Duchess of Cornwall – our current President, has graciously accepted the role of our new Patron.”

She has been closely involved with the charity for ten years, having made her first visit in November 2007 to High Close School in Wokingham.

The Duchess of Cornwall will now be Patron of around 140 charities – a significant amount considering she only became a member of The Royal Family just over a decade ago.

This story will be updated as further reaction comes in.

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