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The Duchess of Cornwall becomes Vice-Patron of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity


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The Duchess of Cornwall has become the Vice-Patron of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity following an invitation from the charity’s President, General Sir Mike Jackson.

Her Royal Highness said on her new appointment: “We owe a huge debt of gratitude to all those in the Armed Forces, who steadfastly serve our
country. I am, therefore, delighted to become Vice Patron of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, an organisation of which Her Majesty is Patron, which does such wonderful work to support soldiers, veterans and their immediate families.”

Major General (Ret’d) Martin Rutledge, Chief Executive, ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, added: “ABF The Soldiers’ Charity is most grateful and delighted to announce that Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall has become its Vice-Patron. The Army Benevolent Fund, as we were known originally, was formed in 1944 to support those returning from combat in the Second World War. Our name may have changed, but our purpose has not: we exist to ensure that soldiers, veterans and their families can live a life of independence and dignity. We are honoured that The Duchess of Cornwall has chosen to support ABF The Soldiers’ Charity and the work we do to ensure the wellbeing of the British Army family, and we look forward to working with Her Royal Highness in years to come.”

Her Majesty The Queen has been the Patron of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity since 1953 and will remain in this position. ABF The Soldiers’ Charity is the Army’s national charity, formed in 1944 to provide a lifetime of support to soldiers, veterans and their families when they are in need.