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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

QUEEN ELIZABETH II STEPS DOWN AS PATRON OF UK ORGANIZATIONS, REPLACED BY HER GRANDSONS

Britain's long-serving monarch will step down as the patron of 25 UK organizations, including the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, the British Cycling Federation, the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Holocaust Memorial Trust.


With the Queen now aged 90, Prince Harry and Prince William will replace their grandmother as patrons of the English and Welsh rugby unions respectively, it was announced Tuesday.

Queen will pass the patronages on to other members of the royal family in the coming months.

According to Buckingham Palace, she is patron of more than 600 organizations and will continue to represent hundreds of other charities and institutions.

The decision follows the example set by her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, who resigned from a number of patronages when he turned 90 in 2011, Buckingham Palace said.

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