The inspiring charitable legacy of the Queen!


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London, United Kingdom (CU)_ Queen Elizabeth II passed away at the age of 96 at Balmoral, the royal family’s Scottish vacation residence. Throughout her historic 70-year reign, the Queen sponsored and commended innumerable charity organizations that supported and enhanced the lives of the needy in the United Kingdom and around the world. As a supporter of more than 800 different charity organizations, the Queen was enthusiastic about the philanthropic nature of the nation.

In her 2016 Christmas message, the Queen said, “We sometimes think the world’s problems are so big that we can do little to help. On our own, we cannot end wars or wipe out injustice, but the cumulative impact of thousands of small acts of goodness can be bigger than we imagine.” Additionally, her Platinum Jubilee was commemorated with a reception for Sandringham-area charitable volunteers. At her official 90th birthday celebration, charity personnel and volunteers were invited, and the £1.2 million excess from the event was donated to several charity organizations.

British Red Cross

The Queen holds the honor of the longest-serving patron of the British Red Cross, having supported the organization for almost seven decades. As a young princess, she visited Red Cross nurses abroad. In 1949, she became a supporter of the organization. According to Mike Adamson CBE, chief executive at the British Red Cross, “We are so deeply saddened by the news that Her Majesty The Queen has died. As our patron for seven decades, The Queen showed enduring support for the work of the Red Cross here in the UK and around the world. From countless financial donations for those hit by disasters at home or overseas, to meeting the victims of crisis here in the UK, The Queen has been a source of support and comfort to people during some of the toughest times in their lives”. 

            Mike added, “On a personal level, I will always be grateful for Her Majesty’s visit to meet Red Cross staff and volunteers who were supporting those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire. I was deeply moved by her compassion for those who had lost everything and the power of her visit to bring light to such a dark time. We share our deepest sympathies and condolences with all of the members of the Royal Family at this sad time.”

Leonard Cheshire

The Queen lauded the services of Leonard Cheshire in her 1992 Christmas address upon his passing, and recalled a visit to one of his Cheshire Homes. She said, “This shining example of what a human being can achieve in a lifetime of dedication can inspire in the rest of us a belief in our own capacity to help others”. She was a patron of his organization, Leonard Cheshire, since 1980. In 2014, she hosted a banquet at St. James’s Palace to honor the charity’s work supporting disabled individuals in the United Kingdom and rest of the world.

YMCA England

The royal family’s relationship with the YMCA stretches back to 1894, when Queen Victoria knighted the organization’s founder, Sir George Williams. After more than 120 years, this bond remained strong. The Queen was the patron of the renowned charity, which annually received a contribution from the Privy Purse. In 1982, for the 150th anniversary of the YMCA, the Queen graced a ceremony at Westminster Abbey.

Save the Children

The Queen served as a supporter of Save the Children until 2017, when she passed the role to Princess Anne. According to Gwen Hines, the Chief Executive Officer of Save the Children in the United Kingdom, “We are enormously honored and grateful that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth served as our Patron from 1952 to 2017. During her 65 years as Patron she made an invaluable contribution to building a better world for children. Her passion and dedication will never be forgotten”. He added, “She inspired thousands of supporters, volunteers and staff, and highlighted the lives and needs of some of the most disadvantaged children. We send our deepest condolences to our Patron, HRH The Princess Royal, and the whole Royal Family.”

Action for Children

The Queen served as the first Royal Patron of Action for Children from 1967 till 2016. The organization protects and assists vulnerable children, adolescents, and their families. They give physical and emotional support, ensuring that their voices are heard, and advocate for long-term changes in their lives.

The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust

The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust promotes, finances, and aids youths throughout the Commonwealth in their efforts to make a change in their communities. Since its inception in 2018, the Queen has served as its patron. According to a representative, “The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust is deeply saddened by the news of the death of our late Patron, Queen Elizabeth II. The Queen had promised her whole life would be committed to the service of others, a promise she kept to the very end of her life. As its head, the Queen always believed that the Commonwealth should be a force for good in the world and always remained a champion of its young people. The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust continues this as a living legacy, supporting the young leaders of the Commonwealth.”


The Queen served as patron of Barnardo from 1983 to 2016, until she passed the post to the Duchess of Cornwall. In 2013, the Royals paid a visit to Barkingside to inaugurate the Barnardo’s headquarters.


In 2016, Nacro employees were invited to a street party in honor of the Queen’s 90th birthday. Since 1966, Nacro has sought to establish a society in which everyone gets a second chance by assisting individuals with housing, education, justice, and health. After taking part in the birthday party, Nacro considered the significance of the Queen’s continuous support. It said, “The Queen’s patronage and the invitations to this celebratory lunch meant a great deal. It signals not just Her Majesty’s willingness as our monarch to maintain contact with the most disadvantaged amongst us but also an official recognition that people deserve a second chance and are able to move on.”

Smallwood Trust

Since her coronation in 1953, the Queen has been a supporter of Smallwood Trust, a charity that assists low-income women. Since 1886, the organization has been helping women become more financially independent and guarantee that systems assist women out of financial exclusion.

Reedham Children’s Trust

Reedham Children’s Trust has provided boarding schools and leadership- and resiliency-building programs for impoverished children for almost 180 years. As a long-term sponsor, the Queen sent a letter to the organization to commemorate its 175th anniversary in 2019. She wrote “I was pleased to be reminded of the important work undertaken by the charity to support young people across the United Kingdom”.


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