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Prince Charles takes up surprising new religious patronage in unexpected royal move

Charles met with members of the community group last year at a reception in Buckingham Palace. The Prince of Wales is a longstanding supporter of the Jewish community, paying tribute to Holocaust survivors earlier this year. He is also a patrons of the groups Holocaust Memorial Day and World Jewish Relief.

The JLGB has been appointed Charles as patron as it celebrates its 125th anniversary year.

Neil Martin, JLGB’s Chief Executive, has called the patronage an “absolute honour” and lavished praise onto the royal.

He added: “It’s an absolute honour to welcome HRH the Prince of Wales as our patron, because he has always been a tremendous believer in the power of young people to support and lead their communities for the betterment of British society and a brighter tomorrow.

“We’re absolutely thrilled that HRH has agreed to be patron, taking on this position during our historic anniversary year, which of course rightly pays homage to the incredible role JLGB has played over the past 125 years in society, but also shows absolute faith in the future contributions the next generation of young British Jews are yet to make.”

Lord Levy, president of JLGB, added onto the praise for Charles, and said they are “delighted and honoured” by his patronage.

He added the Prince’s “recognition and support” is a privilege, “evermore so during these uncertain times”.

Lord Levy also praised young people for showing “true leadership” in recent times, and added: “There is no more significant a way to start a new era than with HRH the Prince of Wales as our new patron, who cares and helps so much with the youth of our country.

“We feel confident that he will help us all continue in our mission to grow and develop JLGB for the next generation.”

Charles has long supported the Jewish community, and paid tribute to JLGB last year at Buckingham Palace.

He said during a December reception with the group: “In every walk of life, in every field of endeavour, our nation could have had no more generous citizens, and no more faithful friends.”

In 2018, JLGB representatives attended Charles’ 70th birthday party at the royal residence, with group volunteer leader Toni Levene having said at the time: “Standing on the steps of Buckingham Palace with the Royal Family really was a once in a lifetime opportunity and something I will never forget.”

Charles also hosted musicians from JLGB at Buckingham Palace in 2017, and honoured Mr Neil with an OBE in February that year.

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In January this year, Charles visited his grandmother Princess Alice’s Jerusalem tomb.

Alice is renowned for sheltering Jewish people from the Nazi’s in 1943.

The Prince said before the World Holocaust Forum: I have long drawn inspiration from the selfless actions of my dear grandmother, Princess Alice of Greece, who in 1943, in Nazi-occupied Athens, saved a Jewish family by taking them into her home and hiding them.

Charles added Alice’s bravery during World War 2 is a source of “immense pride” for him and the Royal Family.

Charles also paid tribute to Holocaust survivors in April this year.

During this year’s Yom Hashoah commemorations and the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Bergen Belsen by the British Army, Charles made a heartwarming tribute video.

The Prince said “despite the unimaginable horrors they endured and the losses they suffered” in the Shoah, those who had “found a welcome in Britain” had “somehow managed to piece their lives back together to become the leaders and builders of your community”.

He added: “They have been and continue to be shining examples to the world of how it is possible to triumph over adversity.”


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