A significant aspect of the work that the Queen and the British Royal Family is responsible for, includes supporting and inciting public service and volunteer work through their charity work and patronages.
Since the 18th century, the Royal Family has lent its name to organisations through formal patronages. George II’s commitment with the Society of Antiquaries—which still exists today with patronage from the Duke of Gloucester—was the first recorded Royal patronage.
Although occasionally a member of the Royal Family may decide to become involved with a charity through personal interest in their cause, usually institutions and charitable organisations are the ones who approach the Royal Family in hopes of gaining their patronage. As a whole, the Royal Family holds roughly 3,000 patronages which are generally associated with particular interests from the member of the Royal Family that is directly involved. The titles that members of the Royal Family hold are sometimes also influential in the kinds of patronages that they endorse.
Charity and Patronages of the Royal Family: Prince William and Prince Harry
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and his brother Prince Harry have created institutions together that foster charitable work. In 2006 they created The Prince’s Charities Forum that fosters collaboration among the organisations with which they are affiliated.
In 2009 the two brothers created a foundation that initially focused on promoting the welfare of those who have either served or are currently serving in the country’s Armed Forces, helping young people build skills and confidence, and supporting communities in conserving their natural resources. After Prince William’s wedding to the now Duchess of Cambridge, Catherine ‘Kate’ Middleton, the foundation was renamed The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.
Charity and Patronages of the Royal Family: Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
Other institutions that Prince William is also involved in include The Mountain Rescue in England and Wales, The Football Association, The Tusk Trust, The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple, HMS Alliance Conservation Appeal, and the Imperial War Museum’s First World War Centenary Appeal. He holds titles that range from Royal Master of the Bench to President.
The Duchess of Cambridge is affiliated with a number of different charities and holds patronages in institutions such as Action for Addiction, East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices, the 1851 Trust, and Place2Be. She is well known for her dedication to causes important to her and has been seen in multiple occasions actively participating in her charities.
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