Remembering our Patron

9th April 2021 | News

It is with great sadness that we learned of the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, who has been our Royal Patron since 1966. Our Chief Executive Alison Tweed spoke of the charity’s deep gratitude for His Royal Highness’ patronage:  

“His Royal Highness has been Book Aid International’s Patron for over 50 years. He was a great reader who believed in the power of books and was always willing to help us thank our supporters and drive home the importance of books around the world. We feel incredibly lucky to have had His patronage for so long, and were honoured that His Royal Highness chose to remain our patron even after his retirement. I know that I am joined by our partners and readers around the world in thanking His Royal Highness for his patronage and expressing our profound sorrow at his passing.” 

Our chair, Lord Paul Boateng, also spoke of how he remembered His Royal Highness: “Prince Philip long championed causes throughout the Commonwealth and beyond that gave people the opportunity to access resources themselves that would change their lives. Book Aid International was one of these.  He always took a personal interest in the progress of Book Aid International. His was a keen intelligence that had been in a childhood fed by books and he wanted others to have that opportunity.  

He was an active and intelligent man who might have lived a life of ease but instead he took life by the scruff of the neck and helped others to do likewise. There are countless people throughout the world who are the better for their encounter with him and the organisations he supported. Hamba Kahle as it’s said in Africa! Go Well!” 

We were honoured to be a part of one of His Royal Highness’ last public events on 21 March 2017, where we were joined by His Royal Highness and many of our long-term supporters at St James’s Palace for an evening celebrating the power of books to change lives.

We extend our deepest sympathies to the entire Royal Family at this difficult time, and we thank His Royal Highness for the lifetime of support he provided to our charity.  

View our Chair, Lord Boateng’s interview remembering His Royal Highness:

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