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King Charles becomes new RCGP patron

King Charles becomes new RCGP patron

The RCGP has announced His Majesty King Charles III as its new royal patron.

The College was among over 1,000 organisations to undergo a ‘thorough analysis’ by Buckingham Palace before the decision was made.

The announcement marks the first anniversary of King Charles’ coronation and follows a review of his patronages.

The King, when he was Prince of Wales, had previously served as president of the RCGP for one year from 1991-1992 to mark its 40th anniversary.

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RCGP chair Professor Kamila Hawthorne said: ‘We are delighted that His Majesty The King has chosen to be our patron and look forward to working with him to highlight the excellent contribution that general practice makes to the NHS.

‘As well as being an honour for the college, this is a testament to the hard work of our GP members and their teams and the care they deliver to their patients.’

The RCGP has a long association with The Royal Family through the previous Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip who was college president from 1972-73 to mark its 20th anniversary and then became patron until his death in 2021.

He officially opened the college’s headquarters in Euston Square, London, in 2014.



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Not on your Nelly 13 May, 2024 1:11 pm

I wonder how many non-member will now join… and how many paying members (though still not aware of any benefits of membership) will leave?

John Graham Munro 13 May, 2024 1:35 pm

So what exactly will he do?

Centreground Centreground 13 May, 2024 2:49 pm

And what do all the other RCGP ‘Dames’ and ‘Sirs’ do ?
In fact what does the RCGP itself do?

Decorum Est 13 May, 2024 4:36 pm

Centreground Centreground, those are profound questions?

So the bird flew away 13 May, 2024 4:44 pm

Well you can hear the sounds of their creaking joints practising their bows and curtseys..