Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Duchess Meghan - Official Patronages

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The younger Royals tend to hold few patronages; this allows them to work more closely and to get directly involved with these organizations. This differs greatly from the older generations that hold patronages for hundreds of different organizations at one time.  (The Queen 600+, Prince Phillip 700+)

Patronages are not always for a lifetime, but often a set amount of time (for an appeal, 3 years, 5 years, etc). The patronages are reviewed after that period and usually renewed.

This list is only of current patronages:

The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex
Patron (May 2018 - Present)

The Royal Foundation was created in 2009 to foster collaboration between Prince William & Prince Harry's Patronages. Kate was added to the Foundation in 2011. And Meghan was added in 2018. 

The Royal Foundation allows them to give charitable grants and support projects of particular interest to them (e.g. The Invictus Games). The Royal Foundation focuses on five areas: Armed Forces, Young People, Conservation, Mental Health, and Women & Girls.

The Royal National Theatre 
Patron (January 2019 - Present)

The National Theatre is one of the UK's most prominent, publicly funded performing arts venues. The theatre is located in central London and was opened by Queen Elizabeth in 1976. 

The National Theatre’s mission is to "make world-class theatre that’s entertaining, challenging and inspiring – and to make it for everyone." The theatre presents a wide variety of programs to reach the widest possible audience, from classics like Shakespeare to new plays. The theatre houses 3 different performances venues: Olivier Theatre, Lyttelton Theatre & Dorfman Theatre. It's productions also tour on tour around the UK, on Broadway and internationally.

The National Theatre also has UK-wide learning and participation programs to support young people’s creative education through performance and writing programmes.

The Queen was previously patron from 1974-2019. 

The Association of Commonwealth Universities
Patron (January 2019 - Present)

The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) is the world’s first and oldest international university network. It is the only accredited organization representing higher education across all 53 Commonwealth countries. 

The ACU manages a number of international scholarship, including The Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarship.  The ACU also brings universities together to address key policy challenges such as climate change, peace & reconciliation, human trafficking,  gender equality, etc. 

The Queen was previously patron from 1986-2019. 

Smart Works
Patron (January 2019 - Present)

Smart Works was founded in 2013 to help long term unemployed and vulnerable women succeed in job interviews, return to employment and transform their lives. Smart Works provides complete outfits of high-quality clothes for job interviews, one-to-one interview training, and professional & personal development.

Smart Works has locations in London, Edinburgh, Manchester, Reading, Birmingham, and Newcastle.

Patron (January 2019 - Present)

Mayhew is an animal welfare charity that works in London and internationally. It primarily works with car & dogs. Mayhew works to tackle the root cause of animal abandonment and neglect and to help vulnerable people stay with their companion pets. They do this through pro-active community and educational initiatives, and preventative veterinary care, such as:
  • Working with homelessness charities to ensure people and their dogs can be kept together
  • Running a Pet Refuge programme to provide short-term shelter and care for the pets of people in crisis
  • Educating young people about animal welfare and the importance of responsible pet ownership. 
Internationally, Mayhew works with governments, local communities and charitable groups in Afghanistan, Georgia, Russia and India to help improve animal welfare.

Queen's Commonwealth Trust

Vice President (March 2019 - Present)

The Queen's Commonwealth Trust is an organization that champions, funds and connects young leaders around the commonwealth. The trust provides grants to not-for-profit organizations, or short-term projects with a focus on young people in the areas of education, health, the environment, and sport. The Trust hopes to use their platform to engaged the wider community and hope to inspire others to join.

Queen Elizabeth is Patron (2017 - Present). Prince Harry is President (2017-Present)

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