Royal fans have rushed to praise Prince William, 38, on Twitter following news the Duke of Cambridge has been handed two new wildlife patronages by Queen Elizabeth II, 94. William, who recently launched the international Earthshot prize to tackle climate change has been made patron of wildlife charities Fauna & Flora International (FFI) and the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO).
A palace statement about the move says: “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.”
The Queen had previously held the position of FFI patron for seven decades.
Prince Philip was patron of The British Trust for Ornithology for more than 30 years.
The palace statement adds: “The British Trust for Ornithology aims to empower communities to protect local bird species and their natural habitats in order to ensure they are preserved for generations to come, whilst also working to promote the benefits of the natural world on our health and wellbeing.
“Through its network of volunteers, the BTO gathers data to build upon our understanding of the natural world, providing a solid evidence base that supports informed decision-making and conservation action.
“The Duke of Edinburgh has been Patron of the BTO for over thirty years and is a lifelong ornithology enthusiast. His Royal Highness’ interest was first sparked in 1956 while travelling in the Royal Yacht Britannia between New Zealand and Antarctica, where The Duke began to identify and photograph the seabirds native to the region.”
Kensington Palace shared the news on Twitter, writing: “Today The Duke of Cambridge has become Patron of two wildlife conservation charities, @FaunaFloraInt and @_BTO, handed to The Duke by The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh.”
A second tweet read: “Established in 1903, Fauna & Flora International @FaunaFloraInt is the world’s oldest international wildlife conservation organisation. The Queen has held the role of Patron for almost seven decades.
“The British Trust for Ornithology @_BTO aims to empower communities to protect local bird species and their natural habitats. The Duke of Edinburgh has been Patron of the BTO for over thirty years, and is a lifelong ornithology enthusiast.”
Rushing to praise the move, one fan gushed: “We need, especially at this time, champions who can keep at the forefront the challenges that exist in our natural world.
“This is good news for us that care about our environment.”
Another reacted: “Great and exciting new patronages for the Duke of Cambridge! So proud of him!”
While others claimed William was ‘perfect’ for the rolee.
One wrote: “He’s the perfect choice!”
Another put: “Congratulations #PrinceWilliam you are the perfect man for the job!”
Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge are future heads of the Royal Family are steadily ramping up their royal roles.
Earlier this month the Cambridges became the first royals to host an engagement at Buckingham Palace since lockdown.
As younger royals, Kate and William are at less risk from COVID-19 than the Queen and Prince Charles, 71.
This may mean that in the coming months, Kate and William fill in for the Queen at several important engagements.
Last week the Queen carried out her first royal visit since March as she joined William for a tour of Wiltshire military research centre Porton Down.