Monday, 9 February 2015

Prince William - Official Patronages

Prince William is Patron or President of a number of organizations and charities.

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

This list is only of current patronages.

Patron (September 2005)

Centrepoint was Prince William's very first Patronage. This Charity was especially meaningful to William as it had been one of, his Mother, Diana's patronages from 1992 up until her death. Diana had brought William and Harry along on private visits to the charity.

Centrepoint is a London based charity that works with homeless people (aged 16–25), to provide housing, support services. Such as Healthcare (physical and mental), education, mentoring, training, employment and teaching life skills.

The Charity also works to influence government policy and create more local and national support for the homeless community.

Tusk Trust
Patron (December 2005)

Tusk Trust is an African conservation charity based in the UK. The Charity has projects in over 18 African countries. The projects focus on conservation, community development and environmental education.

Football Association
President (May 2006)

William's role as President is to support the FA (the governing body of English football), the sport, and the organization's initiatives and programs.

Previous Presidents: Prince Philip (1955–1957), Duke of Gloucester (1957–1963), Duke of Kent (1971–2000), Prince Andrew (2000-2006)

Welsh Rugby Union
Vice Royal Patron (February 2007 - December 2016)
Royal Patron (December 2016)

The Welsh Rugby Union is head of all levels of Rugby in Wales, from community clubs to the national team. In 2007 William took on the role as Vice Royal Patron to support the Queen's work with the Welsh Rugby Union and the 2007 Six Nations Championship.

The Queen was Royal Patron (?-2016)

Royal Marsden Hospital
President (May 2007)

The Royal Marsden Hospital is a specialist cancer treatment hospital in London. The hospital focuses on cancer diagnosis, treatment, research and education.

William's mother, Princess Diana, was previously President of The Royal Marsden Hospital. The Queen has been Patron since 1951.

English Schools’ Swimming Association (ESSA)
Patron (May 2007)

William competed in ESSA water polo competitions while in school at Eton. When studying at St. Andrews University, William played water polo with Scottish Universities. ESSA plans swimming, diving, water polo and synchronized swimming competitions, as well as set the competition rules.

The charity also promotes teaching swimming in schools.

Mountain Rescue in England and Wales 
Patron (May 2007)

Mountain Rescue provides a land based search and rescue service in emergency services, inducing incidents in mountain and remote places, but also major incidents such as air crashes, train crashes and floods. Mountain Rescue teams are on call 24 hours a day, every single day of the year, regardless of weather conditions.

The Foundation of the College of St. George
Vice President (June 2008)

The Foundation of the College of St. George is the foundation of St George's Chapel, at Windsor castle where the Order of the Garter is held every year. Prince William has been a member of the Order of the Garter since 2008.

Number of Royals hold positions for this Foundation: The Queen is Patron; Prince Charles is President; Anne is also Vice President.

Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight
Patron (2008)

The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight operates flypasts (Lancaster, Hurricanes and Spitfires) to serve as a tribute to the soldiers who gave their lives in WWII and subsequent conflicts.

Henry Van Straubenzee Memorial Fund
Joint Patron ( January 2009)

The Charity, Henry Van Straubenzee Memorial Fund, was founded in memory of the Princes close friend Henry Van Straubenzee. Who died in a car accident in 2002 at the age of 18. The Henry Van Straubenzee Memorial Fund works to improve and build schools in Uganda.

William is joint patron with Prince Harry.

Skill Force
Patron (February 2009)

Works in schools, drawing on the skills of ex-Forces personnel, to teach life skill courses for disadvantaged young people.

Child Bereavement UK
Patron (March 2009)

Child Bereavement UK is a charity that raises awareness and support families through the bereavement process when a child dies or loses a loved one.  

National Memorial Arboretum Future Foundations Appeal
Patron (April 2009)

To raise funds to build a new facility for visitors at National Memorial Arboretum centre for Remembrance in Staffordshire.

The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry
Patron (November 2009)

The Royal Foundation was created in 2009 to foster collaboration between Princes William & Harry's  Patronages. Catherine was added to the Foundation after her marriage. 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 3 Areas, Armed Forces, Young People and Conservation.

100 Women in Finance (London Branch)'s Philanthropic Initiatives 
Joint Patron (January 2010 - Present)

100 Women in Finance is a professional association for women in finance and alternative investment industries, with locations around the world. The association focuses on professional development, networking, education and charity work. Each year the London Branch picks one of the royal's charities to support through out the year. Their main fundraising event is the annual London Gala, which is attended by at least 1 of the patrons.

In 2010, William became Patron of the London Branch's charity initiatives for an initial 3 years. In 2013, the Patronage was renewed for another 3 years with Catherine and Harry joining William as joint patrons. In 2016, the Joint Patronage was renewed again for an unspecified number of years.

Charities Supported:

British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA)
President (February 2010)

Support British Film and Television, including BAFTA's mentoring, scholarship, workshops and master classes programs.

Previous Presidents of BAFTA include Prince Phillip and Princess Anne.

Welsh Rugby Charitable Trust
Patron (June 2012)

Welsh Rugby Charitable Trust is the official charity of the Welsh Rugby Union. The trust supports injured players at any level through out Wales & prevents future injuries through research and education.

Fields in Trust
President (June 2013)

Fields in Trust seeks to protect and improve playing fields and other recreational spaces in the UK.

William took over the role as President of Fields in Trust in 2013, from his Grandfather, Prince Phillip. William was previously patron of one of the organization's programs, "The Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge", from 2010-2012.

The Queen is Patron of Fields in Trust.

United for Wildlife
President (September 2013)

United for Wildlife is a collaboration between the Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry & 7 influential international conservation organizations (Conservation International; Fauna & Flora International; International Union for Conservation of Nature; The Nature Conservancy; Wildlife Conservation Society; WWF-UK; and Zoological Society of London.)

United for Wildlife is committed to reducing the demand for illegal wildlife products. The organization works with law enforcement and the private sector to reduce trafficking. Also well as engaging with young people on the topic of conservation. United for Wildlife also strives for better on-site protection for wildlife.

British Sub-Aqua Club
President (May 2014)

Prince William became President of the British Sub-Aqua Club in 2014 after his father Prince Charles step down. Prince Phillip, William's Grandfather, previously held the position as well.  The British Sub-Aqua Club promotes the continued development, safety and enjoyment of scuba diving for all ages.

The Patron’s Lunch
Joint Patron (July 2015)

The Patron’s Lunch is a street party on On Sunday, June 12th, 2016 to celebrate The Queen’s patronage (over 600 charities and organizations) in celebration of Queen Elizabeth II's 90th birthday.  William is Joint Patron with Prince Harry.

Thin Red Line Appeal
Patron (October 2016)

The Thin Line Appeal is a redevelopment appeal for the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Regimental Museum. The Museum is raising £4 million as part of the appeal.

Amateur Swimming Association
Patron (December 2016)

The Amateur Swimming Association is the English national governing body for swimming, diving, water polo, open water and synchronised swimming.

The Queen was Patron (1953-2016).

Royal African Society
Patron (December 2016)

The Royal African Society is an organization that works promote Africa in business, politics, culture and academia. They also work to foster better understanding and strong relationships between Britain, Africa and the world.

The Queen was Patron (1968?-2016).

Metropolitan and City Police Orphans Fund 
Patron (January 2017)

The Metropolitan and City Police Orphans Fund is a charity set up by the London Metropolitan and City Police Officers to support their children, should the officers die, retire on pension or become incapacitated. The fund supports the children of both serving and former officers, assuming the officers contributed to the Fund while they were serving.

The Fund is one of the oldest Police charities. It was set up in 1870, during a time when welfare was almost non-existent. The fund was created to support the widow and children of officers who had died in the line of duty. The fund was also used to create the Metropolitan and City Police Orphanage, which closed in 1937.

Queen Victoria was patron (1872-1901). King Edward VII was patron (1901-1910). King George V was patron (1910-?).

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