Explanation: What is Royal Patronage?
Essentially, “royal patronage” is when a member of the royal family becomes the official patron or sponsor of an organization.
Currently, 3,000 organizations list a member of the Royal Family as their patron, and the Royal Family receives thousands of requests each year from organizations claiming their patronage.
These organizations can be anything from charities to military associations, or professional bodies and public service organizations.
Having a royal patron can bring vital publicity to organizations that need it most.
The first recorded patron was George II in support of the Society of Antiquities, an organization concerned with the preservation of architecture and the arts.
And, when a royal is stripped of their patronage, it is often redistributed to the rest of the Royal Family, to ensure organizations have the ongoing support they need.
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