Buckingham Palace today announced today that Queen Elizabeth II will hand over 25 of her more than 600 patronages to other members of the Royal family, namely her children and grandchildren.
This is not unexpected. The Queen is 90 years old, and is divesting of her patronages in order to allow others in her family to make their mark. In other words, it would be awful to have to fill all 600 at once. (The Prince of Wales will probably succeed to a large percentage of his mother's patronage portfolio.)
Here is a list of the 25 charities that will have new Patrons in 2017. Some have already confirmed their new patrons.
Holocaust Day Memorial Trust (HRH The Prince of Wales)
Royal Institution of Great Britain - (HRH The Prince of Wales)
Wildfowl and WetlandsTrust (HRH The Prince of Wales)
Battersea Dogs and Cats Home HRH Prince Michael of Kent is the President of the Home, but is unlikely to be promoted to Patron. HRH The Duchess of Cornwall has visited the charity on several occasions, and has adopted two dogs from Battersea. The charity will announce its new patron in 2017, and I think it will be the Duchess of Cornwall.
Barnardo's (HRH The Duchess of Cornwall. She has been President of Barnardo's since 2007. It is possible that another member of the royal family will be named as president after the Duchess of Cornwall takes over the patronage. The late Diana, Princess of Wales, served as President from 1984 until 1996. It would be fitting if HRH The Duke of Cambridge succeeded the Duchess of Cornwall as President.)
Royal School of Needlework. The first president was HRH Princess Christian of Schleswig-Holstein, nee HRH The Princess Helena, third daughter of Queen Victoria. Princess Helena died in June 1923, and was succeeded by HRH The Duchess of York. HRH The Duchess of Gloucester succeeded the late Queen Mother as president. The new patron has not been confirmed. My prediction: the Duchess of Cornwall or the Duchess of Cambridge.
Royal African Society No new patron confirmed. Perhaps the Prince of Wales
Welsh Rugby Union (HRH The Duke of Cambridge)
Amateur Swimming Association (HRH The Duke of Cambridge)
Action for Children (HRH The Duchess of Cambridge)
All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (AELTC) (HRH the Duchess of Cambridge)
Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) (HRH The Duchess of Cambridge)
Blind Veterans UK (HRH The Countess of Wessex)
Rugby Football Union (HRH Prince Henry of Wales)
Rugby Football League (HRH Prince Henry of Wales)
Edinburgh International Festival
Sport and Recreation Alliance
British Cycling Federation
NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children) (HRH The Countess of Wessex)
Royal Navy and Royal Marines Children's Fund (HRH The Duke of York)
British Science Association
Institution of Civil Engineers
Animal Health Trust (A prediction: HRH The Duchess of Cornwall)
Royal Geographical Society (HRH The Princess Royal)
Save the Children UK - At the age of 20, HRH the Princess Royal became the president of this organization, her first major charity. She is the obvious choice to move into the position as Patron, and another, younger member of the royal family will take over the presidency. The position of president would be a perfect opportunity for one of the York princesses.