Her Majesty The Queen, formerly Duchess of Cornwall, became the President of Royal Voluntary Service in December 2012.
Her Majesty The Queen, together with King Charles III, was Patron of our search for the UK’s Diamond Champions - older people who give their time to improve the lives of those around them – which demonstrates her commitment to recognising the vital role volunteers play in society.
In honour of Royal Voluntary Service Patron, Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth II and the example she has set in her record-breaking 70 years of service, the charity launched the Platinum Champions Awards for volunteers during her Platinum Jubilee year during 2022.
The Presidency came at a pivotal time in Royal Voluntary Service’s history as we celebrated our 75th anniversary in May 2013 and showcased the vital role our charity has played in the lives of many from its launch as the Women’s Voluntary Services in 1938 to the role it plays helping address the needs of the day in local communities and supporting the NHS.
In March 2021, Royal Voluntary Service’s Patron, Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth II and Preseident, Her Majesty The Queen, joined a video call to thank four volunteers for their invaluable support throughout the pandemic.
Their Majesties spoke to and thanked two Royal Voluntary Service volunteers and two Volunteer Responders who have been supporting members of their community who are vulnerable to COVID-19.
Image: Her Majesty The Queen, meeting Platinum Champions at the Big Lunch at The Oval in London 2023 celebrating the Platinum Jubilee.