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Prince Harry to become Patron of Rugby Football Union, taking over from his grandmother

Prince Harry will become the new Patron of the Rugby Football Union, taking over from his grandmother The Queen at the end of the year.

The Queen was Patron of the RFU for 64 years, having taken over from her father in 1952.

Her Majesty has attended many rugby matches at Twickenham as well as two Rugby World Cup held in the UK.

Ian Ritchie, CEO of the RFU, said: “It has been a privilege and an honour to have The Queen as Patron of the RFU for over 60 years. She has been a fantastic supporter of the union and we thank her for that and her contribution to the game of rugby in England.”

“We welcome Prince Harry as our new Patron. He has been Vice Patron for a number of years already and a regular at England Tests at Twickenham. He has been a brilliant ambassador of our work in the community and our charities as well as internationally for the union as President of the 2015 Rugby World Cup.”

In her role as Patron, The Queen hosted an event at Buckingham Palace last year during the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

The transition between The Queen and Prince Harry is expected to be smooth because the 32-year-old Prince has been Vice Patron of the organisation for almost seven years.

It is fitting that Prince Harry is taking over the patronage, as he is a huge rugby fan and regularly attends England matches. He was also Honorary President of Rugby World Cup in 2015.

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