King Charles announced as Royal Patron of the RNCM

His Majesty The King has accepted the Patronage of the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) on the first anniversary of Their Majesties’ Coronation. 

The Royal Patronage of King Charles III was confirmed by Buckingham Palace following a review of over 1,000 patronages of The late Queen, The former Prince of Wales, and The former Duchess of Cornwall.

The RNCM was first awarded Royal Patronage in October 1973 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and the Duchess of Kent adopted the role of President of the College. The Queen’s incredible legacy played a significant role in securing and enhancing the reputation of UK conservatoire study on the world stage.

Speaking about the news, Professor Linda Merrick CBE, Principal, said: ‘We are proud and privileged to share that His Majesty The King has accepted the patronage of the Royal Northern College of Music, taking over from Her Majesty The late Queen who served as patron for almost 50 years. 

‘The RNCM is continually recognised as one of the world’s leading conservatoires, and we are extremely honoured that our dedication to music education at the highest level has been recognised in this way.’ 

Members of the Royal Family are patrons to around 3,000 charities across the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth, and the wider world.

Photo credit: Hugo Burnand/Royal Household 2024/Cabinet Office

8 May 2024