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Barnardo’s and royalty

Barnardo’s close links with royalty started when our work began in 1867, and still continues today with Her Majesty the Queen as our patron and HRH The Duchess of Cornwall as our President.

Queen Mary greets Barnardo's staff

In fact, Barnardo’s has had a royal patron since 1902 and royal presidents from 1923. Our patrons include four different Kings, four Queens and a Princess and our presidents have included one Duke, a Duchess and two Princesses!

Our royal supporters have helped Barnardo’s raise many hundreds of thousands of pounds over the centuries through their work which has ranged from attending and hosting events to donating gifts.  

There have been a variety of royal events over the centuries ranging from 100 children attending George V’s silver jubilee in 1935, to royal visits to many of our projects and the opportunity for many children Barnardo’s has worked with over the decades to meet our royal supporters. The late Diana Princess of Wales, President from 1984-1996, attended over 110 events for Barnardo's, including 16 in one year and three in one week!