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The Earl of Wessex visits St Andrew's Youth Club

Published 1 December 2022

Based in Westminster, the St Andrew's Youth Club is the oldest in the world.

The Earl of Wessex visited St Andrew’s Youth Club in Westminster, on the Club’s 156th birthday. St Andrew’s is the world’s oldest youth club and one of the founding organisations of the London Federation of Boys' Clubs, now known as charity London Youth.

London Youth was The Duke of Edinburgh’s first charity patronage, beginning in 1947 and handed to his son The Earl of Wessex in 2020 after nearly 74 years. During this time, The Duke visited St Andrew’s Youth Club twice, including a 1984 visit to open the Club’s current site.

The Duke of Edinburgh visits St Andrew's Club

During the visit, which was The Earl’s first face-to-face event with London Youth since taking on the patronage, His Royal Highness had the chance to tour the club, meet its members and staff to learn more about their work to support their young members.

Later that evening, The Earl hosted reception at Buckingham Palace, inviting London Youth’s funders, supporters, friends, and several young people on the charity’s youth board.