The Countess of Wessex will replace The Queen as Patron of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) in the New Year.
The news comes after it was announced by Buckingham Palace early on Tuesday that The Queen would be giving up patronage of 25 organisations, including the NSPCC.
It comes as no surprise that Sophie will be taking on the role as she has previously been President of the charity.
According to the royal website, the Countess of Wessex is involved with almost 100 organisations.
The NSPCC was established in London the 1880s, and since then it has helped more than 10 million children in the United Kingdom. The charity was honoured with The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award for Volunteering in 2012 after it was recognised for its dedication and commitment to helping children across the country who have been affected by neglect and abuse.
In a speech marking the NSPCC’s Diamond Jubilee in 1944, The Queen commented: “I do not think there is any organisation which performs a more vital service to our country’s welfare”.
It was in the same year that the then Princess Elizabeth became President of the charity. It’s first Royal Patron was Queen Victoria, who granted it’s Royal Charter in 1895.
Her Majesty, who turned 90 this year, is thought to be stepping down as Patron of the NSPCC and 24 other charities 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.
The NSPCC’s aims are to highlight the issue of child protection, as well as safeguarding children who may be the victims of abuse and cruelty.
With close to 2,000 volunteers, it is one of the largest charities in the UK dedicated to the welfare of children.