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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  • Learning and Work Institute (formerly National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE))

    Website: www.royal.uk

    Promotion of adult learning. Supports organisers, teachers and learners.

    Region: UK-wide
    Members of the Royal Family:
    The Princess Royal, Patron
  • Medical Research Scotland

    A medical charity which supports high quality clincians annd scientists at the start of research careers working in Scotland's universities and hospitals

    Region: UK-wide
    Members of the Royal Family:
    The Princess Royal, Patron
  • National Lighthouse Museum - Campaign to Illuminate Future Generations

    Provides resources for education about the history and technology of lighhouses. The Campaign is to raise funds for the expansion project of the Museum.

    Region: International
    Members of the Royal Family:
    The Princess Royal, Honorary Chair
  • RNVR Youth Sail Training Trust

    Website: www.royal.uk

    Helps underprivileged and special needs young people to participate in sail training courses.

    Region: UK (England)
    Members of the Royal Family:
    The Princess Royal, Patron
  • Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies

    Veterinary college which is part of the Unviersity of Edinburgh.

    Region: UK (Scotland)
    Members of the Royal Family:
    The Princess Royal, Patron
  • Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

    Runs a programme of medical examinations, education and training for doctors seeking to specialise.

    Region: UK (Scotland)
    Members of the Royal Family:
    The Prince of Wales, Honorary Fellow
    Her Majesty The Queen, Patron
    The Princess Royal, Honorary Fellow
  • Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851

    Supports the development of design, science and industry through research grants and fellowships.

    Region: UK-wide
    Members of the Royal Family:
    The Princess Royal, President
  • Royal Geographical Society

    Website: www.rgs.org

    Learned society and professional body promoting geographical science and supporting practitioners.

    Region: UK-wide
    Members of the Royal Family:
    The Duke of Edinburgh, Honorary Member
    The Princess Royal, Patron
    The Duke of Kent, Honorary President
  • Royal Highland Education Trust, The

    Volunteer organisation that works to provide free educational activities and experimental learning opportunities within the farming and working countryside communities lined to Curriculum for Excellence.

    Region: UK (Scotland)
    Members of the Royal Family:
    The Princess Royal, Patron
  • Royal National Children's SpringBoard Foundation

    Website: www.royal.uk

    Charity helping to provide boarding education for children with either one or no parents.

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