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The Duke of Cambridge becomes Patron of the Amateur Swimming Association, replacing his grandmother

It has been announced that the Duke of Cambridge will become Patron of the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) in the New Year.

The news comes after it was announced by Buckingham Palace that The Queen would be giving up patronage of 25 organisations, including the ASA.

Her Majesty became Patron of the organisation in March 1953, and in that time has been hailed as a “great champion” of swimming and water safety.

Jane Nickerson, ASA Interim Chief Executive, said: “On behalf of our President, Chairmen, Boards and all our staff and Members, I would like to thank Her Majesty for her years of support and service to the ASA.

“It has been an honour to have Her Majesty as our Patron and to be able to celebrate our many achievements together.

“We are delighted to welcome The Duke of Cambridge as our new Patron and look forward to continuing our close relationship with the Royal Family.”

Her Majesty, who turned 90 this year, is thought to be stepping down as Patron of the ASA and 24 other organisations due to her advancing age and the gradual decline in her workload.

The news that The Queen will no longer be Patron of these 25 charities is not unexpected. In 2011, when The Duke of Edinburgh turned 90, he also gave up a number of patronages.

The Queen is currently Patron of over 600 organisations, meaning the 25 she is handing over is a relatively small 5% of her workload.

Other members of The Royal Family, including Prince William, are taking up the patronages.

So far, it has been announced that The Duchess of Cornwall will become Patron of Barnardo’s, The Countess of Wessex will become Patron of the NSPCC, and The Prince of Wales will take over the royal patronage of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust.

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