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Our Patron King Charles III

We're immensely honoured that His Majesty King Charles III has chosen to be our new Patron.

His Majesty King Charles III

Royal Patron

The Monarch has a huge passion for nature and regenerative farming and his continued support for the RSPCA and the future of animal welfare is invaluable. There are huge challenges facing animals from the cost of living crisis, climate change, habitat loss and intensive farming. His Majesty’s powerful voice for nature and regenerative farming will be vital in raising the profile of animal welfare and inspire more people than ever to create a better world for every animal.

As we celebrate our 200 years of changing animals’ lives, we look forward to continuing our close and enduring association with the Monarch and the Royal Family steadfast in our belief that the UK is, and always will be, a nation of animal lovers, and optimistic at what we can achieve together for animal welfare.

Our Royal history

Our Royal connection goes back more than 180 years to Queen Victoria who became our first ever Royal Patron in 1840 giving us the 'Royal' in our name. Welcoming His Majesty as our patron builds on our long relationship with Queen Elizabeth II, who was our patron for 70 years. During her reign she oversaw huge advancements for animal welfare, from tougher sentencing for animals, fur farming banned, the end of battery cages for hens, the last wild animal in circuses and animal sentience recognised.

What does a patron do?

Although there's no specific job description for a Royal Patron, they play a vital role in recognising and promoting the contributions and achievements of charitable organisations like the RSPCA. Having a Royal Patron means that we're able to elevate the cause of animal welfare in the minds of the public and inspire more people to create a better world for every animal.