RNIB appoints King Charles as royal patron

The King will support the Institute as Queen Elizabeth II did until her death in 2022

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The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) has confirmed the appointment of King Charles III as a patron.

Queen Elizabeth II was a patron of the charity from when she took the throne in 1952, until her death in 2022.

Commenting on the appointment, CEO of the RNIB, Matt Stringer, said: “We are delighted and honoured to announce His Majesty King Charles III as our new royal patron. It continues a long line of support for our organisation from the royal family – RNIB’s first patron was Queen Victoria, who became royal patron in 1875.”

He explained that, “the support of His Majesty the King will make a huge difference to our organisation’s work in breaking down the barriers that exist in society for blind and partially sighted people living across the UK.”

“We look forward to working closely with His Majesty as we move forward into an exciting time for the charity,” Stringer added.