Queen steps down as patron of children’s charities – BBC News

The Queen will step down as patron of 25 national organisations at the end of this year, says Buckingham Palace.The patronages, including the NSPCC, Save the Children, Barnardo’s and Battersea Dog’s Home, will be passed on to other members of the Royal Family.Rugby Football Union, the Lawn Tennis Association and the Royal Geographical Society are also affected.The Queen is royal patron of more than 600 bodies – 433 of which she has been patron of since 1952.Buckingham Palace said the announcement was the start of a process that would see patronages passed on to other Royal Family members in the coming months.The Queen will continue to serve as patron to hundreds of charities and institutions but will now share this work with her family, the palace added.This move follows the example set by the Duke of Edinburgh who resigned from a number of patronages around his 90th birthday in 2011.

Source: Queen steps down as patron of children’s charities – BBC News

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