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Queen and Prince Philip honour Prince William by handing over TWO patronages

The Queen and Prince Philip handed over to their grandson the role of royal patron of two organisations very close to their hearts. Prince William was officially put at the helm of the Fauna & Flora International (FFI) and the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) today, as announced by Buckingham Palace. 

With this decision, the Queen and Prince Philip acknowledged Prince William’s work focused conservation, recently boosted by his latest initiative, the Earthshot Prize.

The palace said in a statement: “Today The Duke of Cambridge has become Patron of two wildlife conservation charities, handed to His Royal Highness by The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh.

“The new patronages, Fauna & Flora International (FFI) and the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), align with The Duke of Cambridge’s longstanding work around conservation and support for communities protecting their natural environment for future generations.” 

Both elderly royals have worked closely with these organisations for years. 

The monarch became patron of the FFI, the world’s oldest international wildlife conservation charity, almost seven decades ago. 

This organisation, which operates in 40 countries, protects threatened species and ecosystems, choosing solutions that are sustainable, based on sound science and that enhance human wellbeing.

Mark Rose, Chief Executive Officer at FFI, hailed the work carried out by the Queen at the helm of his charity.

He said: “Her Majesty has provided stalwart support to FFI and we are extremely grateful for the sterling support and encouragement that she has provided throughout the past seven decades.”

Expressing delight at the news Prince William will now follow in his grandmother’s footsteps, the CEO added: “We look forward to building on her legacy and taking the relationship forward with her grandson.

“The Duke of Cambridge is a wonderful ambassador for conservation and there is a great deal of synergy between his own and FFI’s vision for the future of the planet.”

The Duke of Edinburgh has represented as royal patron the BTO for three decades. 

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This charity empowers communities to protect local bird species and their natural habitat.  

Dr Andy Clements, BTO Chief Executive, welcomed Prince William as Philip’s successor.

He said: “I am delighted that the Duke of Cambridge has become our patron, following on from his grandfather who worked so tirelessly on our behalf.

“We hope that we will be able to support The Duke’s strong interest in protecting the environment through our evidence-based work around environmental issues in the UK.”

Prince William has been supporting several charities focused on conservation and the environment over the past decades. 

In 2005, the Duke became patron of Tusk Trust, with which has worked closely ever since. 

William is also an ambassador for WildAid and has increasingly become an outspoken advocate for issues surrounding the protection of the environment and climate change over the past months. 

Earlier this month, the Duke of Cambridge unveiled his most ambitious project to date – the Earthshot Prize. 

Saying he wanted to bring back some “positivity” in the climate debate, Prince William launched a decade-long project which will see a panel of judges award five prizes every year to individuals, cities, government or whoever will be able to present solutions to the environmental problems Earth is facing. 

Upon launching this initiative, the Duke said: “The Earthshot prize is really about harnessing that optimism and that urgency to find some of the world’s solutions to some of the greatest environmental problems.” 

As he was presenting the Prize, the Duke of Cambridge recognised Prince Philip and Prince Charles’s conservation efforts and the impact their work have had on him. 

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