The Queen - 10 surprising facts in 90 years of charitable patronage

21 April 2016 | By Cause4 staff

Happy Birthday to Her Majesty - the Queen celebrates her 90th birthday today, 21st April. At 90 years of age, the Queen is showing no signs of stopping just yet, and her charitable patronage over the years is formidable by many standards, longevity not least of them! Labour Leader, Jeremy Corbyn quipped in the Commons today that the Queen has “seen off” 12 Prime Ministers.

We thought it would be timely to present a brief round-up of some of the more surprising and interesting examples of her charitable patronage over the years.

  1. The Queen has raised over £1.4 billion in 2012 alone for charities she supports.
  2. The Queen throws three Royal Garden Parties every year at Buckingham Palace and once at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh during the summer months to raise money for charities.
  3. In 2015 the monarch donated personal money to the Disasters Emergency Committee's appeal to help the victims of the Nepal earthquake.
  4. Queen Elizabeth is the most dutiful queen in 1000 years!
  5. The Queen has more than 600 charity patronages. Still not as many as the Duke of Edinburgh (who has 700+).
  6. Even on her 90th birthday the Queen is raising money for charity. Profits from the sale of the Queen’s 90th Birthday Charity Medal will be donated to the charity of her choice.
  7. The Queen is patron of the first and joint second most complained against charities in the Kingdom. In 2015 the Charity Commission opened 17 cases on the RSPCA - 10 more than joint second Oxfam (Global Ambassador: Coldplay), British Red Cross (Patron: The Queen, President: Prince Charles) and Camphill Village Trust (none known).
  8. As of April 15th, 2016, the Queen is a patron of the Sea Cadets.
  9. This might explain her 90 years. Helping others can also boost longevity. A review in BioMed Central found those who did volunteer work could reduce their early mortality rate by 22%. They also benefited from reduced levels of depression.
  10. The Queen issued a writ against the Sun newspaper after it published the full text of her 1992 broadcast two days before its transmission. She later accepted an apology and a £200,000 donation to charity.

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