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King Charles becomes patron of RoSPA

17 May 2024

THE ROYAL Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) is delighted to announce that His Majesty King Charles III is the charity’s new patron following a review of more 1,000 royal patronages since the King ascended to the throne in 2022.

King Charles succeeds his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, who served as RoSPA’s patron for over 70 years.

The King’s involvement with RoSPA, which is headquartered in Birmingham, will continue to enhance the organisation's mission in promoting safety and accident prevention, with new CEO, Becky Hickman, at its helm.

RoSPA is the only royal society in the field of health and safety and has a long royal lineage that goes back over a century, when the then Duke of York (the future George VI) became the President of the National "Safety First" Association (RoSPA’s former name) and then later became Patron in 1926.

The Royal Family has played a key presence in RoSPA’s mission, with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II being patron for over 70 years. In 2017, RoSPA was invited to hold a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace to mark its centenary. The charity’s important work in the field of health and safety was formally celebrated in the company of thousands of RoSPA volunteers, award winners, members, sponsors, trainees, customers and parliamentarians.

Rebecca Hickman, CEO at RoSPA said, “We feel honoured and privileged to receive confirmation that King Charles III will be our new patron, after taking the baton from his mother who was our patron for over 70 years. 

"As our charity evolves, our primary focus remains on building a safer society. We're committed to this goal by bringing leaders together, setting standards, sharing best practices, and driving meaningful change - having the King as our patron underscores the importance of our mission."