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Britain's Queen Elizabeth II to step down as patron of 25 charities

The queen will step down as patron of 25 charities at the end of this year. The patronage of the organisations will be passed on to other members of the royal family.

Dec 21, 2016 09:45 IST
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United Kingdom’s Queen Elizabeth II will be stepping from her position as the patron of a number of charities at the end of her 90th birthday year.

The decision was announced through a statement released by the Buckingham Palace, residence and administrative headquarters of the queen.

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Key Highlights

• The queen, who is currently handling more than 600 organisations, will step down as patron of 25 charities.
• The patronage of these organizations will be passed on to the other members of the Royal family.
• Some of the organizations include Holocaust Day Memorial Trust, Blind Veterans UK, National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, Royal Navy and Royal Marines Children’s Fund and Wimbledon.
• The transition will be smooth, as many of these organizations already have a Royal Family member as a vice-patron or president.  
• Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburg had also similarly resigned from a number of patronages when he had turned 90 in 2011.

According to the palace’s statement, the queen will continue her work as patron to hundreds of charities and institutions but will now just share the workload with her family.

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While acclaimed lawn tennis organisation, Wimbledon will go to Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge who is a huge tennis fan, the Children’s charity Barnardo's will go to Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall and the patronage of Rugby Football Union will be taken over by rugby fan Prince Harry. The names of patrons of other organisations are yet to be announced.

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