The British Royals and Charities

The British Royals have been known for their patronage of charities and have publicly supported charities that improve healthcare including charities that help protect animals, children and the environment.

In 2012, the Charities Aid Foundation calculated that the British Royal Family helped generate £1.4 bn ($2bn) a year for organizations from Cancer Research U.K. to the British Red Cross.

It’s not just monetary support that the Royal Family can offer, their support as patrons to give charities exposure to the public eye helps immensely. Here are three of the charities that they support.

Royal British Legion

Through the Royal British Legion, people can donate money to support the veterans and their families and wear poppies to remember the red flowers that grew in the fields of Europe despite fighting during World War 1.


Princess Diana took her sons Prince William and Prince Harry to homeless shelters, to see what life was like for a lot of people in the world. Prince William continues to walk in his late mother’s footsteps and supports Centrepoint ever since her first connection with the charity in 2005. In 2013, he helped the charity raise money by singing Living on a  Prayer with Bon Jovi and Taylor Swift during the Winter Whites Gala at Kensington Palace.


In 2006, Prince Harry set up Sentebale, a charity that helps children and young people with AIDs and HIV in Lesotho and Botswana. Sentebale translates to “forget me not” in Sesotho, the main language in Lesotho and also a tribute to Princess Diana as it was her favourite flower.

Harry is quoted on the charity's website saying: "I met so many children whose lives had been shattered following the death of their parents – they were so vulnerable and in need of care and attention."

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