Charities and Patronages

Members of the Royal Family have links with hundreds of charities, military associations, professional bodies and public service organisations. Some are well known, while others may be smaller bodies working in a very specialist area or on a local basis only.

Having a Royal patron or president provides vital publicity for the work of these organisations, and allows their enormous achievements and contributions to society to be recognised.

You can use this database to find the organisations with which members of the Royal Family are associated.

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  • Foundation of Light (formerly Sunderland AFC Foundation)

    Develops educational and community programmes in northern England, based around football.

    Region: UK (England)
    Members of the Royal Family:
    The Countess of Wessex, Patron
  • Friends of Bedgebury National Pinetum

    Collection of conifer trees, located in Kent.

    Region: UK (England)
    Members of the Royal Family:
    The Countess of Wessex, Patron
  • Friends of Southwark Cathedral

    Fundraisers working to conserve the ancient cathedral in Southwark, London.

    Region: UK (England)
    Members of the Royal Family:
    The Countess of Wessex, Patron
  • Friends of the Royal London Hospital

    Supports the work of the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, London.

    Region: UK (England)
    Members of the Royal Family:
    The Countess of Wessex, Patron
  • Girlguiding

    Movement offering girls and young women challenges and skills development opportunities.

    Region: UK-wide
    Members of the Royal Family:
    Her Majesty The Queen, Patron
    The Countess of Wessex, President
  • Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, The

    Charity providing dogs and mobility services to the visually impaired.

    Region: UK-wide
    Members of the Royal Family:
    The Countess of Wessex, Patron
  • Halle Concerts Society

    Britain's longest-established symphony orchestra, based at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester.

    Region: UK-wide
    Members of the Royal Family:
    The Countess of Wessex, Patron
  • HMS DARING

    Ship in the Royal Navy.

    Region: UK-wide
    Members of the Royal Family:
    The Countess of Wessex, Sponsor
  • International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB)

    To eliminate the main causes of avoidable blindness and visual impairment by bringing together governments and non-governmental agencies to facilitate the planning, development and implementation of sustainable national eye care programmes.

    Region: International
    Members of the Royal Family:
    The Countess of Wessex, Global Ambassador
  • Leeds Children's Hospital

    Provides one of the most comprehensive range of specialist children's hospital services in the country, commissioned to provide local, regional and national services.

    Region: UK-wide
    Members of the Royal Family:
    The Countess of Wessex, Patron