The Duchess of Cornwall has been newly appointed as the Vice Patron of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, saying she is “delighted” by the honour.
Speaking on her new appointment she said: “We owe a huge debt of gratitude to all those in the Armed Forces, who steadfastly serve our country.
“I am therefore delighted to become vice patron of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, an organisation of which Her Majesty is patron, which does such wonderful work to support soldiers, veterans, and their immediate families.”
The charity focuses on offering lifetime support to soldiers and their families and has helped 70,000 people in 68 countries with specialist services in the past year alone.
The Queen remains patron of the organisation, having held the role since 1953.
Major General (Ret’d) Martin Rutledge, Chief Executive of the charity, gave thanks for the Royal Family’s support for those in the Army.
“The Army Benevolent Fund, as we were known originally, was formed in 1944 to support those returning from combat in the Second World War," he said.
“Our name may have changed, but our purpose has not: we exist to ensure that soldiers, veterans and their families can live a life of independence and dignity.”
Cover image: Duchess of Cornwall playing table tennis at RAF Halton last year (Picture MOD).