Yesterday, The Queen relinquished patronages of 25 charities she’s supported. She still has 600 organisations she acts as Patron. One charity she passed down to another member of the royal family was Action For Children. The Duchess of Cambridge is to represent this charity for the royal family, bringing the number of charities she patrons to 17.
In a press release from Action For Children, Chief Executive Tony Hawkhead thanked Her Majesty for her generous support over the last half century in a letter, writing: “The Queen has celebrated with us our greatest achievements including our Centenary in 1969 and the 150th birthday of our founder, Thomas Bowman Stephenson, in 1989.”
He continued by saying: “As one of the largest children’s charities in the UK we are very proud to have had Her Majesty as our Patron. More importantly, Her Majesty’s tireless contribution to raising awareness of the work we do with disadvantaged children, young people and families has been priceless.
“However, we are delighted to confirm that the Duchess of Cambridge will be taking over from her, becoming our Royal Patron in the New Year. Having visited one of our children’s centres in Sandwell in 2015, she is already familiar with the work we do and no doubt will continue the Queen’s great patronage work.”
It was hinted at earlier this year that The Queen would be stepping down from some of her charities, so when the Palace began releasing this information, there wasn’t any surprise. So far, the transition of the baton has been smooth. A significant question remains, however: With the Prince of Wales wishing to slim down royal duties of royal family members, who will take on the responsibility of taking up the hundreds of organisations both The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh still patron? Will the younger royals finally take up more responsibility and become more involved in public life? Or sadly, will some of these national organisations fall by the wayside and lose royal patronage altogether?
Buckingham Palace hasn’t released the names of those royals who will support the remaining charities; Royal Central will continue to update our readers as this information becomes available.