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Sue Ryder Celebrates Sovereign News

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His Majesty spends time with a patient on a previous visit to Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice as during his Patronage as Prince of Wales. Credit: Rob Lacey
His Majesty spends time with a patient on a previous visit to Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice as during his Patronage as Prince of Wales. Credit: Rob Lacey

Sue Ryder Celebrates Sovereign News

9th May 2024

Supporters, volunteers, trustees and staff at national healthcare and bereavement charity, Sue Ryder, are this week celebrating the welcome news that His Majesty King Charles III will be their Royal Patron.

Heidi Travis, Chief Executive Officer of Sue Ryder said, “Everyone at Sue Ryder is absolutely delighted and truly honoured that His Majesty King Charles III will be our charity’s Royal Patron, continuing the legacy of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, who became our patron in 1993.

“Having His Majesty as our Royal Patron means so much to us. Not only does it help put a spotlight on the vital work we do and the care we give, but it also helps celebrate the vital contribution our supporters, volunteers and staff all have in being there when it matters.”

The announcement of His Majesty’s patronage, shared on the first anniversary of Their Majesties’ Coronation, comes as Sue Ryder has launched a new vision and strategy to transform the experience of people who are dying or grieving.

“Everyone at Sue Ryder is working hard to help build a society where everyone is supported through dying and grief. Having His Majesty’s support as our Royal Patron will really help elevate our efforts.”

Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice's Jo Cadogan on a visit from His Majesty in 2018 during his patronage as Prince of Wales. Credit: Rob Lacey
Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice’s Jo Cadogan on a visit from His Majesty in 2018 during his patronage as Prince of Wales. Credit: Rob Lacey

In a double dose of good news for the charity, His Majesty King Charles III has also confirmed continued Royal Patronage of Sue Ryder’s Leckhampton Court Hospice in Gloucestershire, where he became Royal Patron in 1986 as The Prince of Wales.

Over the past 38 years His Majesty has been a regular visitor, making special memories for countless patients, families, hospice supporters, volunteers and staff at the Sue Ryder hospice.

Elise Hoadley is Service Director at Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice. She said, “We are absolutely thrilled His Majesty has chosen to continue his support of our hospice.”

“To have His Majesty chose to continue his vital support of our charity and our hospice as King is a huge honour for us all.”

Jo Cadogan is a therapies assistant at Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice and met His Majesty in 2018 during his visit as the Prince of Wales. Sharing her memories of the visit, Jo said, “His Majesty spent the day wandering through the hospice and chatting to each patient and all of the staff. One patient even said, ‘he had all the time in the world to speak to me.’ And that was exactly how it felt – he listened and was so invested in the stories being shared by everyone he met.”

“He asked me about my role, and I shared how passionate we are here about our patients’ care, putting their wishes at the heart of all what we do here at the hospice and out in the community where we also give care to people at home. I am so happy I was able to share the passion we all share for Sue Ryder.”

For more information on Sue Ryder visit www.sueryder.org

His Majesty King Charles III Announced as RNLI’s New Patron

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His Majesty The King on a visit to the RNLI College in 2021. Credit: RNLI
His Majesty The King on a visit to the RNLI College in 2021. Credit: RNLI

His Majesty King Charles III Announced as RNLI’s New Patron

14 May 2024

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is proud to announce that His Majesty King Charles III is to become the new Patron of the lifesaving charity.

King Charles III succeeds Queen Elizabeth II and continues the tradition of patronage for the charity by the reigning monarch, which began when the RNLI was founded in 1824 with King George IV as its first Patron.

RNLI Chief Executive Mark Dowie said: ‘All volunteers, supporters and staff will be extremely proud that The King has honoured the RNLI with His Majesty’s patronage.

‘This is particularly so in the 200th anniversary year of the institution as we reflect on all that has gone before in the reigns of His Majesty’s forebears, together with the RNLI’s bright future as we head into our third century of lifesaving.’

The King has a long history with the RNLI and has made several visits to lifeboat stations and sites over the years.

The most recent was a visit to St Ives RNLI Lifeboat Station in July last year accompanied by Queen Camilla as part of Their Majesties’ first official visit to Cornwall following the Coronation.

A month earlier, Mark Dowie presented His Majesty with five trees at The Duchy of Cornwall’s Poundbury development near Dorchester, in Dorset.

The trees were part of the RNLI’s gold-medal winning garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2022 and were donated as part of The Queen’s Green Canopy – a living legacy of more than three million trees planted across the UK in honour of Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee.

His Majesty’s first ever RNLI engagement was on 7 July 1964 when, as the then Prince of Wales, His Royal Highness accompanied The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and HRH The Princess Royal to Cowes on the Isle of Wight to observe the sea trials of a new Waveney class lifeboat.

Photos from the RNLI’s archives feature a visit to Atlantic College in 1971, one of the first inshore lifeboat stations established by the RNLI and an educational college for young people.

During the visit, His Majesty took the helm of a B-3 inflatable lifeboat and with two crew members, made a 35-minute trip into the Bristol Channel in rough weather. His Majesty went afloat again in 1977 during a visit to St Mary’s Lifeboat Station on the Isles of Scilly, joining the volunteer crew on board their Rother class lifeboat.

During the 1980s, His Majesty officially named the Arun class lifeboat Snolda in Aith, Scotland, and the Rother class lifeboat The Princess of Wales in Barmouth.

In 2004, His Majesty met with four RNLI volunteers ahead of the RNLI’s Annual Presentation of Awards. The next day, the awardees, including one volunteer from Filey Lifeboat Station and three from St Mary’s, were presented with RNLI Bronze Medals for Gallantry.

In 2021, His Majesty visited the RNLI College in Poole, Dorset where the RNLI’s extraordinary lifesavers from around the UK and Ireland are trained.

His Majesty was given a tour of the All-weather Lifeboat Centre, where the RNLI’s all-weather lifeboats are manufactured, and was able to inspect the progress of the Shannon class lifeboat Duke of Edinburgh being built in honour of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

In a nod to Prince Philip’s naval career, His Majesty attached a magpie engraved waterline plate to the transom of the lifeboat to honour Prince Philip’s very first sea-going command in the Royal Navy aboard HMS Magpie in 1950.

The lifeboat – complete with commemorative plate – is now on service saving lives at Wells-next-the-Sea in Norfolk and was named by HRH The Duke of Kent, President of the RNLI, in June 2023.

The appointment of His Majesty King Charles III as Patron has been approved by the RNLI Trustee Board, in line with the charity’s constitution and byelaws.

Queen Hosts Reception for 90th Anniversary of Brooke

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Her Majesty The Queen, alongside Brooke representatives, and Alfie (donkey) and Lala (horse. Photo credit: Ian Jones.
Her Majesty The Queen, alongside Brooke representatives, meets Alfie (donkey) and Lala (horse). Photo credit: Ian Jones.Photo credit: Ian Jones.

Her Majesty The Queen Hosts Reception for 90th Anniversary of Horse and Donkey Charity Brooke

9th May 2024

Today Her Majesty The Queen hosted a reception at Buckingham Palace, to mark the 90th anniversary of global charity, Brooke Action for Working Horses and Donkeys, of which she is President.  

Her Majesty met with Brooke representatives from around the world including India, Pakistan, and Egypt, the birthplace of Brooke.  

Guests also included 40 of Brooke’s supporters, such as Rory Bremner, Annette Badland, Dr Scott Miller, Angela Rippon and the charity’s Patron, Alastair Stewart.  

A small donkey and pony greeted guests and were photographed with The Queen, who cut a Brooke 90th anniversary cake to commemorate the occasion.  

Chief Executive of Brooke, Chris Wainwright, said: “I’d like to thank Her Majesty the Queen, for her lifelong dedication to equine welfare, her commitment to Brooke through her Presidency which started in 2006, and for hosting a marvellous event for some of our valued supporters at Buckingham Palace. 
 
“The day provided us with a very official recognition of Brooke’s amazing impact on the lives of working horses, donkeys and mules over the last 90 years.  

“Everyone at Brooke is and will always be driven by our passion for animal welfare, and we’re extremely privileged to have Royal support as we approach 100 years of transformational change.” 

The Queen is a strong supporter of equine welfare and has travelled the world to see Brooke’s work, most recently visiting Kenya in October 2023. 

Brooke was founded in 1934 by Dorothy Brooke, reaching 1.4 million working horses, donkeys and mules and over 10,000 communities across Asia, Africa and Latin America. 

This work is made possible thanks to Brooke’s UK supporters, whose fundraising efforts ensure working animals have a life worth living. 

Her Majesty The Queen, alongside Brooke representatives, and Alfie (donkey) and Lala (horse. Photo credit: Ian Jones.
Her Majesty The Queen, alongside Brooke representatives, meets Alfie (donkey) and Lala (horse). Photo credit: Ian Jones.

New Royal Warrants Granted

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NEW ROYAL WARRANTS GRANTED

In May 2024 HM The King and HM The Queen granted their first Royal Warrants of Appointment of the new reign. 

The grants were made to companies drawn from those previously holding a Royal Warrant of Appointment to His Majesty as Prince of Wales, who began granting Warrants in 1980.

Companies were reviewed and 145 were granted a Royal Warrant of Appointment to HM The King.  Of these, seven companies were also granted a Royal Warrant of Appointment to HM The Queen.

Companies that held a single Queen Elizabeth II Royal Warrant are being reviewed for new Royal Warrants and successful applicants will be informed later in the year.

List of holders of New Royal Warrants>>

Royal Life readers have the opportunity to meet a Royal Warrant holder in each issue of Royal Life, you can catch up by clicking here.

King Charles Confirmed as Patron of Food and Farming Charity

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The Soil Association is delighted to announce that His Majesty King Charles will retain his patronage of the charity as part of his long-standing support for organic and nature-friendly farming. Credit: The Soil Association
The Soil Association is delighted to announce that His Majesty King Charles will retain his patronage of the charity as part of his long-standing support for organic and nature-friendly farming. Credit: The Soil Association

King Charles Confirmed as Patron of Food and Farming Charity

11 May 2024

The Soil Association is delighted to announce that His Majesty King Charles will retain his patronage of the charity as part of his long-standing support for organic and nature-friendly farming. 

Confirmation that His Majesty will remain patron of the Soil Association, which has been campaigning for sustainable food and farming since 1946, comes as we celebrate the first anniversary of the King’s coronation this week.

He has supported the charity since first becoming patron as Prince of Wales in 1999 and he has also supported hundreds of farmer-led research trials with the charity’s Innovative Farmers network. 

Innovative Farmers helps farmers to test sustainable solutions on real farms and has been funded by the former Prince of Wales Charitable Fund since it was launched 12 years ago. This support is continuing via the King Charles III Charitable Fund.  

Soil Association Chief Executive Helen Browning said: “We are delighted that His Majesty King Charles will remain our patron. At the Soil Association we have been very fortunate to have worked closely with King Charles during his many years of extraordinary charitable work as the Prince of Wales.  

“I feel privileged to know him as a fellow organic farmer with a lifelong dedication to healthy, sustainable food, and as a champion for nature, the countryside and its people.  

“His Prince of Wales Charitable Fund has supported more than 120 farmer-led research trials with our Innovative Farmers network – but his support goes far beyond financial generosity.  

“He follows the work of pioneering farmers with avid fascination and takes inspiration from them. We look forward to sharing more with the King as the Soil Association pursues a nature-friendly future with his support.” 

Speaking at a 10-year anniversary event for Innovative Farmers held in 2022, the former Prince of Wales said he was “very proud” to have been able to support Innovative Farmers. 

The Soil Association is delighted to announce that His Majesty King Charles will retain his patronage of the charity as part of his long-standing support for organic and nature-friendly farming. Credit: The Soil Association
The Soil Association is delighted to announce that His Majesty King Charles will retain his patronage of the charity as part of his long-standing support for organic and nature-friendly farming. Credit: The Soil Association

King and Queen to Attend Service of Dedication for the Order of the British Empire

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King Charles III attends a reception to thank those involved in the planning and arrangements following the death of Queen Elizabeth II and the Coronation at Buckingham Palace, London. October 19, 2023.
King Charles III attends a reception to thank those involved in the planning and arrangements following the death of Queen Elizabeth II and the Coronation at Buckingham Palace, London. October 19, 2023.

THEIR MAJESTIES THE KING AND QUEEN WILL ATTEND A SERVICE OF DEDICATION FOR THE ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE

Wednesday 15th May 2024

Their Majesties The King and Queen will attend a Service of Dedication for the Order of the British Empire at St Paul’s Cathedral, London.

Established by King George V in 1917 to reward outstanding contributions to the war effort, the Order of the British Empire now recognises the work of people from all walks of life with well-known honours such as MBEs and OBEs, as well as knighthoods and damehoods.

The King is the Sovereign of the Order of the British Empire. The Queen is the Grand Master of the Order of the British Empire.

Almost two thousand members who are holders of the order’s awards (GBE, KBE, DBE, CBE, OBE, MBE, and British Empire Medal) will attend the service. The congregation will be formed by people from all parts of the UK and Commonwealth and include a number of honorary award holders.

Upon arrival, the King and Queen will be met by the Lord Mayor, Alderman Professor Michael Mainelli KStJ, and escorted into the cathedral where they will be greeted by the Dean, the Chapter, and officials of the order before taking their place in the processional order.

The Queen to Celebrate Literature in Rye

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Queen Camilla meets (left to right) Alex Jennings, Freddie Fox, Jeremy Irons, Brian Cox, Tom Courtenay, Peter Egan, Robert Lindsay, Martin Jarvis, Simon Russell Beale, Robert Powell and Samuel West at a Celebration of Shakespeare event at Grosvenor House, central London, marking 400 years since the first Shakespeare folio, February 14, 2024.
Queen Camilla meets (left to right) Alex Jennings, Freddie Fox, Jeremy Irons, Brian Cox, Tom Courtenay, Peter Egan, Robert Lindsay, Martin Jarvis, Simon Russell Beale, Robert Powell and Samuel West at a Celebration of Shakespeare event at Grosvenor House, central London, marking 400 years since the first Shakespeare folio, February 14, 2024.

HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN WILL CELEBRATE LITERATURE IN RYE, EAST SUSSEX

Thursday 16th May 2024

Engagement 1:

The Queen will meet members of the local community at the Church of Saint Mary, Church Square, Rye.

At the Church of Saint Mary, the bells will ring to welcome Her Majesty.

Within the church, Her Majesty will have an opportunity to meet representatives from local organisations who have supported their community. This includes the Royal Voluntary Service of which Her Majesty is patron, Mothers’ Union, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and Royal British Legion.

The Queen will also meet the bell ringers who welcomed Her Majesty to the Church of Saint Mary.

Engagement 2:

At Lamb House, once home to novelists Henry James, Rumer Godden and E. F. Benson, Her Majesty The Queen will join a garden party with organisations in celebration of Rye’s renowned literary history.

After departing the Church of Saint Mary, Her Majesty will walk along a picturesque street to Lamb House.

Lamb House is one of the most prominent residences in Rye. Built in 1723 by James Lamb and now owned by the National Trust, the house has seen centuries of different owners, including the novelists Henry James, Rumer Godden, and E. F. Benson. A prolific writer of fiction, ghost stories and non-fiction, E. F. Benson is best remembered for his ‘Mapp and Lucia’ novels which were set in the fictional town of Tilling, based on Rye. Lamb House was the inspiration for Mapp’s home, Mallards, complete with the famous Garden Room (which was bombed during the Second World War).

After a brief tour of Lamb House, the Queen will view items relating to literature from the historic collection at the house. Her Majesty will then join guests for a garden party in celebration of Rye’s literacy history. Guests will include members of the Friends of Tilling, the E. F. Benson Society, and staff and volunteers from the National Trust.

During the garden party, Gyles Brandreth, President of the Friends of Tilling, will give a reading from the Mapp and Lucia novels in celebration of Rye’s literary history.

After departing Lamb House, Her Majesty will walk down Rye’s Mermaid Street and see some of the other houses that inspired E. F. Benson’s work.

Royal Life presents Royal Britain

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Royal Britain Magazine | Royal Life Magazine
Royal Britain Magazine | Royal Life Magazine

Royal Life presents Royal Britain – All You Need to Know

As you would have discovered in issue 68 of Royal Life magazine, with the increased popularity of our long-running Royal Britain series covering the UK’s royal, architectural and historic heritage, and with fewer royal engagements for us to cover each issue, we have decided to rename this magazine Royal Britain, beginning with issue 69.

Royal Britain has long been a very popular feature in Royal Life magazine. In past issues, we have covered magnificent buildings such as Balmoral Castle, Clarence House, Osborne House, Dumfries House and Brighton’s Royal Pavilion. We took readers to The Tower of London for a stunning feature on The Crown Jewels, the nation’s most precious treasures, including the sacred Coronation Regalia used at the Coronations of new monarchs.

Now Royal Britain magazine will delve deeper into our rich historical heritage as well as continue to bring you all the latest news on the activities of today’s British Royal Family.

As a Royal Life subscriber, your subscription will continue as normal, just under the new Royal Britain title. However, should you have any queries, please do email us at info@legacymagazines.co.uk and we will be happy to answer them.

We look forward to you joining us as we discover more about what put the Great in Great Britain.

The King Visits Royal School of Engineering

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King Charles III unveils the plague for the Queen Mother Square and Royal Pavillion as they visit Poundbury at Poundbury in Dorchester, Dorset, June 2023.
King Charles III unveils the plague for the Queen Mother Square and Royal Pavillion as they visit Poundbury at Poundbury in Dorchester, Dorset, June 2023.

HIS MAJESTY THE KING WILL MEET STAFF AND FAMILIES AT ROYAL SCHOOL OF MILITARY ENGINEERING AS COLONEL-IN-CHIEF OF ROYAL ENGINEERS

Thursday 9th May 2024

His Majesty The King will meet the staff and families of 3 Royal School of Military Engineering (3RSME), the training base for the Army’s Royal Engineers. His Majesty will also meet members of 8 Engineer Brigade, which is the centre’s deployable unit.

On arrival, His Majesty will be met by the Lord Lieutenant Nigel Atkinson and Major General Miller, on behalf of the Royal Engineers. The King, who is Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Engineers, will receive a salute from a Quarter Guard comprising officers from the school.

Inside the Officers’ Mess, His Majesty will hear from groups of engineering personnel and their families about their experiences training at the school and supporting their loved ones to become a Royal Engineer.

His Majesty will go on to meet officers from the 8 Engineer Brigade HQ, which provides engineering support to military operations.

Before departure, His Majesty will sign the regiment’s visitors’ book and receive gifts of flowers and Royal Engineer china mugs from the children of some of the barracks’ serving soldiers.

His Majesty to Officially Hand Over Role of Colonel-in-Chief of the Army Air Corps to The Prince of Wales

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HM King Charles III during the King's Birthday Parade, Trooping the Colour accompanied by HRH Prince of Wales, Duke of Edinburgh and the Princess Royal at Horse Guards Parade, London, June 17 2023.
HM King Charles III during the King's Birthday Parade, Trooping the Colour accompanied by HRH Prince of Wales, Duke of Edinburgh and the Princess Royal at Horse Guards Parade, London, June 17 2023.

HIS MAJESTY THE KING WILL HAND OVER THE ROLE OF COLONEL-IN-CHIEF OF THE ARMY AIR CORPS TO HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS THE PRINCE OF WALES

Monday 13th May 2024

At the Army Aviation Centre in Middle Wallop, His Majesty The King will officially hand over the role of Colonel-in-Chief of the Army Air Corps to His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales.

In August 2023, following His Majesty’s accession, the King was pleased to announce military appointments including that the Prince of Wales would become Colonel-in-Chief of the Army Air Corps. The role was previously held by His Majesty, as Prince of Wales, for 31 years.

On arrival, the King will be met by a guard of honour and Lieutenant General Sir Nicholas Borton, Colonel Commandant of the Army Air Corps, who will escort His Majesty to the Army Flying Museum. Located at Middle Wallop, the museum tells the story of British army flying from the early days of military ballooning to the modern Army Air Corps.

Within the museum, the King will meet veterans and their families. His Majesty will also be invited to unveil a plaque which commemorates the arrival of the first Apache AH Mk.1 to be installed in a UK museum. This Apache, now at the Army Flying Museum, was one of two that carried troops on their stub wings in the Battle of Jugroom Fort, Afghanistan, in 2007.

After departing the Army Flying Museum, His Majesty will walk across the airfield to the Middle Wallop Control Tower. Here, in front of an Apache, His Majesty will be met by the Prince of Wales to officially hand over the role of Colonel-in-Chief of the Army Air Corps. Together, the King and the Prince of Wales will have an opportunity to meet serving aircrew in front of the Apache.

After His Majesty has departed, His Royal Highness will embark on his first engagement with the Army Air Corps as Colonel-in-Chief. The Prince will first receive a briefing on the Army Air Corps’ current work from the Colonel Commandant, Lieutenant General Sir Nicholas Borton. Following this, His Royal Highness will view training and operational aircraft used by the Army Air Corps and meet aircrew and the supporting ground staff. The Prince will then hear from soldiers across a range of roles within the regiment that are involved in supporting operations.

Finally, the Prince will depart the base by embarking on an Apache capability flight to deepen his understanding of the capabilities of the equipment and to learn more about the people that fly and support it.

The King, as Sovereign, is Head of the Armed Forces. His Majesty is a military veteran himself, having trained and served in both the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force.

The Prince of Wales has a strong affiliation with the Armed Forces, having served in the Army as a Platoon Commander in the Blues and Royals, before completing flying training in the Royal Air Force. His Royal Highness served as an RAF Search and Rescue pilot, spending three years at RAF Valley in Anglesey, Wales.

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