Prince Charles becomes International Rescue Committee's first UK patron

The Prince of Wales has previously visited one of the charity's projects in Berlin

Prince Charles (Photo: Benjamin Wareing/Alamy)
Prince Charles (Photo: Benjamin Wareing/Alamy)

Prince Charles has been named as the first UK patron of the humanitarian charity the International Rescue Committee.

In a statement released today the charity said it believed the Prince of Wales would bringto the role a deep commitment to IRC’s priorities.

The prince and his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, visited an IRC project in Berlin in May to see the work the charity was doing training refugee woman to enable them to find work.

The charity, which was founded in 1933, works in more than 40 countries to help people survive humanitarian crises and recover.

It opened its first office in the UK in 1997 but has never had a patron in the UK before now.

Laura Kyrke-Smith, the IRC’s UK executive director, said: "We’re delighted to have the support of Prince Charles in our mission to improve the lives of people affected by conflict and crisis.

"The Prince of Wales has a long-standing interest in the IRC’s work: for example, the provision of education and business skills training to people who have been forced to flee their homes so that they can build a better future." 

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