HRH the Duke of Edinburgh with Sallieu Turay, Chief Librarian of Sierra Leone Library Board

Book Aid International thanks His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh for 51 years of support

4th May 2017 | News

Book Aid International today extends its deepest gratitude and warm wishes to His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh. His Royal Highness has been Book Aid International’s patron since 1966 and has seen the charity’s work grow from its early days as The Ranfurly Library Service to the organisation it is today.

His patronage has provided continuity for over 50 years as Book Aid International’s work has evolved and the charity is deeply honoured by his support.

Book Aid International also had the enormous privilege of having His Royal Highness’ support at many events over the years. Most recently, on 21 March 2017, the charity was joined by His Royal Highness and many of its long-term supporters at St James’s Palace for an evening celebrating the power of books to change lives.

Being able to gather Book Aid International supporters in such a unique setting with His Royal Highness was very special and really has helped build support for the charity’s cause.

Find out more about the event on the charity’s blog:

Book Aid International CEO, Alison Tweed, expressed the emotions of all Book Aid International staff, volunteers and beneficiaries today saying:

“Having His Royal Highness as our patron has been a privilege and an honour. Today I join our staff, volunteers, partners across Africa and the millions of people who read the books we send in extending our deepest gratitude and warmest wishes to his Royal Highness for his support over more than 50 years.”



For further information, pictures or comment please contact Emma Taylor, Head of Communications at Book Aid International.

t: 020 7326 5800

Book Aid International is the UK’s leading international book donation and library development charity. The charity works in partnership with libraries in communities where access to books is limited providing new books, resources and training to support an environment in which reading for pleasure, study and lifelong learning can flourish.

Book Aid International has worked since 1954 to reach people who do not have access to books. To date, we have sent over 33 million books, including e-books, to libraries serving rural and urban communities, prisons, hospitals, refugee camps, universities and schools.

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