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WRU's New Patron

The Duke of Cambridge will take over from the Queen in the role from 2017.

His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge will become its new patron after Her Majesty The Queen stepped down from the patronage today (Tuesday 20th December).

The WRU has thanked Her Majesty The Queen for her long-standing support of Welsh rugby.

Buckingham palace says the Queen is stepping down from this role as well as more than 20 other national organisations such as Battersea Dogs' home and the NSPCC.

The Palace has stressed the 90-year-old monarch is still patron of more than 600 organisations.

The Duke, who presented WRU president Dennis Gethin with his OBE earlier this month, became Vice Royal Patron of the Welsh Rugby Union in February 2007 and later became Vice Patron following the death of Sir Tasker Watkins VC.

Dennis Gethin OBE said, “We thank Her Majesty The Queen for her support of the Welsh Rugby Union over the years.

"We are delighted that The Duke of Cambridge will take over from his grandmother as Patron of the Welsh Rugby Union.

"Since becoming Vice Patron in 2007, His Royal Highness has been a great ambassador, not only for the Welsh Rugby Union, but for young people and for sport generally.

"He makes a great difference to everyone he meets on his regular visits to Wales and to Principality Stadium, interacting with all kinds of individuals and groups including players past and present, volunteers, apprentices, veterans and staff.

"The Duke is also Patron of the Welsh Rugby Charitable Trust which helps severely injured rugby players and their families. He is particularly generous in his help of this charity. We look forward to his presence and continued support in his new role as WRU Patron.”

Here is a list of the patronages the Queen will pass on to other members of the Royal Family:

:: Holocaust Day Memorial Trust

:: Royal Institution of Great Britain

:: Wildfowl and WetlandsTrust

:: Battersea Dogs Home

:: Barnardo's

:: Royal School of Needlework

:: Royal African Society

:: Welsh Rugby Union

:: Amateur Swimming Association

:: Action for Children

:: All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (AELTC) Wimbledon

:: Lawn Tennis Association (LTA)

:: Blind Veterans UK

:: Rugby Football Union

:: Rugby Football League

:: Edinburgh International Festival

:: Sport and Recreation Alliance

:: British Cycling Federation

:: NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children)

:: Royal Navy and Royal Marines Children's Fund

:: British Science Association

:: Institution of Civil Engineers

:: Animal Health Trust

:: Royal Geographical Society

:: Save the Children UK

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