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Charities supported by Queen Elizabeth II

queen elizabeth the second
queen elizabeth the second Image credit: bbc.co.uk

Queen Elizabeth II passed away on Thursday afternoon September 8 2022 at the age of 96.

During her 70 year reign Her Majesty supported over 600 charities, far too many to list here but they are all published on the Royal website.

Unlike other members of the Royal Family who focus on a specific cause The Queen had connections to a wide range of organisations supporting vulnerable people, animals and even fencing.

The late Royal gave her support to established charities such as the British Red Cross, Barnado’s and Cancer Research UK but also those lesser known.

She also promoted the Combined Cadet Force, Girlguiding and Sea Cadets for young people as well as drawing attention to the environment by supporting the Royal Forestry Society, Royal Scottish Geographical Society and The Campaign to Protect Rural England.

The Queen marked her 21st birthday by delivering a speech from Cape Town to the Commonwealth where she made a promise she would dedicate her reign to their service.

On a radio broadcast at the time, she said: “I declare before you all that my whole life whether it be long or short shall be devoted to your service.”

In 2012, when the Queen celebrated her 60th year on the throne, a study conducted by the Charities Aid Foundation revealed she had raised over £1.4bn for good causes making her one of the greatest supporters of charities in the world.

In 2018, the Queen paid a royal visit to the children’s charity Coram where she met staff and young people and opened the Queen Elizabeth II Centre which looked after abandoned babies and vulnerable children.

It was there where the Queen met 102-year-old Edward Newton, the oldest surviving child from the Founding Hospital.

In 2016, the British Red Cross paid tribute to Her Majesty thanking her for supporting their cause for six decades with a portrait by artist Henry Ward which was put on display in the White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle.

The cause was extremely close to her heart, when the charity celebrated 100 years the Queen held a garden party in the grounds of Buckingham Palace.

As well as the Red Cross she supported creative organisations such as the Art Fund, the Royal Academy of Arts and the Royal Academy of Music.

The Queen was also a patron for a number of established charities such as the British Dental Association, Great Ormond Street Hospital, Royal College of Nursing and the .

Not leaving the older generation behind she went on to support organisations such as Friends of the Elderly, which provides home visits and daycare centres for older people.

The Queen was also the patron of the Royal Variety Charity caring for those in the entertainment industry and the organisation behind the Royal Variety Performance annual fundraiser.

Queen Elizabeth II was born on 21 April 1952 and died on 8 September 2022.