The Queen is to stand down as patron of 16 charities, Buckingham Palace has announced.
A statement published today said she would be passing the patronages to other members of the royal family over the coming months.
The statement said the Queen was following the example of Prince Philip, who relinquished a number of patronages when he turned 90 in 2011.
"Her Majesty will continue to serve as patron to hundreds of charities and institutions, but will now share this work with her family," Buckingham Palace said.
The statement said that many of the organisations from which she was standing down already had other members of the royal family as vice-patrons or presidents.
Barnardo’s announced today that the Duchess of Cornwall, who is president of the charity, would take over from the Queen as its patron.
Claire Horton, chief executive of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, said the Queen’s patronage, which has lasted more than 60 years, had helped to ensure the charity’s work was recognised on the world stage.
"The royal family has been closely connected with Battersea for well over a century, and we feel immensely honoured to have had the Queen’s patronage for so many years," she said.
"As a life-long dog lover and supporter of so many charities, the Queen has a very special place in the hearts of all our staff and volunteers, many of whom have been lucky enough to have met Her Majesty on one of her visits to our centres."
The Queen, who is patron of more than 600 organisations, will also stand down as patron of nine non-charitable organisations including the Rugby Football Union and the Lawn Tennis Association, Buckingham Palace said today.
Full list of the charities from which the Queen is standing down as patron
Battersea Dogs & Cats Home
Save the Children UK