Prince William Receives New Environmental Patronages From Grandparents - Find Out What They Are
On Monday, it was announced that Prince William has been awarded some new patronages by Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip! William will now be championing two causes related to biodiversity and ecosystem improvement— one of which he already has a close tie to. Find out more here!
Prince William has been given some exciting new patronages by none other than Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip! As Hello! shares, it was revealed on Monday that William is now patron of two environmental organizations after his grandparents passed on their titles to him.
Prince William's new causes focus on biodiversity and birds
Prince William takes over from Queen Elizabeth II as patron of Fauna and Flora International— a position the queen had maintained for nearly 70 years! As Hello! mentions, the organization is devoted to environmental biodiversity, protecting ecosystems and species that are at risk as well. They are also determined to provide scientifically-backed, sustainable solutions for the planet.
FFI helped found the Duke of Cambridge's anti-wildlife trade organization United For Wildlife, and were also recently named Global Alliance Partner of his new initiative, the Earthshot Prize! As well, William has succeeded Prince Philip as patron of The British Trust for Ornithology, which is an organization focused on the protection and preservation of birds. The Duke of Edinburgh held the role for nearly 30 years before passing the title down to his grandson!
Prince William is known for his environmental activism
Prince William has been known to be a strong advocate for the environment, so his being given these specific patronages comes as no surprise! The royal recently opened up about fatherhood and conservation in a brand-new documentary for ITV revealing how his children— Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis— have helped to inspire his environmental mission.
Along with Duchess Kate, William and his children also got to have a chat with Planet Earth's David Attenborough in September. And while it had been some time since the Duke of Cambridge and Queen Elizabeth II stepped out on official business together, last week the duo was seen visiting the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, marking their first joint royal engagement in 3 years!
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Today The Duke of Edinburgh has been succeeded by The Duke of Cambridge as Patron of @btobirds. The Duke of Edinburgh has been Patron for over thirty years, and has been fascinated by ornithology - the study of birds - for over six decades. The Duke's interest in ornithology began as HRH travelled across the Southern Pacific Ocean in 1956. HRH would identify and photograph the native seabirds, including the Adelie Penguins in Antarctica ❄️ During The Duke's trip, HRH became the first member of the Royal Family to cross the Antarctic Circle, which means he is entitled to join "The Order of the Red Nose". Image 1: The Duke of Edinburgh with Adelie Penguins at the Penguin Rookery Base, near Adelaide Island, Antarctica, in 1957 Image 2: A photograph taken by The Duke of Edinburgh of the Adelie penguins in 1957 Image 3: A certificate designed by The Duke of Edinburgh and the artist Edward Seago to mark the Royal Yacht Britannia's crossing of the Antarctic Circle Image 4: The Duke of Edinburgh in 1963 with the celebrated British ornithologist Sir Peter Scott, and Minnie, a Bronze Winged Duck