King Charles III becomes Patron of the Printing Charity

The Printing Charity is extremely proud and honoured to announce that His Majesty The King has accepted the role of Patron.

This follows a major review of more than 1,000 Royal Patronages and charity Presidencies, and marks the first anniversary of Their Majesties’ Coronation. The role was previously held by the late Queen.

King Charles III becomes Patron of the Printing Charity
Photo Credit: Benjamin Wareing

Neil Lovell, Printing Charity CEO, said: “We are really delighted and honoured that His Majesty has agreed to be our charity Patron.

“His Majesty’s patronage is incredibly important to us, not just because of our long association with the Royal family, but as recognition of the work we do and services we offer for people who work or have worked in our sectors. As we approach our 200th year in 2027, and we look to how best to develop our future services, it’s a real boost to receive this news and the continued recognition for our organisation.”

Every Monarch since Queen Victoria has held the role of Printing Charity Patron, and the King himself was Charity President in 1977.

The Printing Charity has been providing practical, emotional and financial support to people who work or have worked in the print industry and allied trades since 1827, and is proud of its heritage. The organisation’s charitable aims include promoting independence, protecting dignity and furthering education. Today the charity fulfils these aims and meets the needs of those it helps through a free 24/7 helpline, financial assistance, signposting to specialist services, two sheltered home Alms house schemes for people retired from the sector, and initiatives supporting sector specific training, with a focus on young people starting out in print through the annual Rising Star Awards. Photojournalist Benjamin Wareing was a 2020 Print Futures (now Rising Stars) Award winner, and has photographed almost every member of the Royal Family to date, including taking the above photo.

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