Royal Patrons

Our Royal Patrons work tirelessly to support The Almshouse Association and its members. They inspire involvement in the almshouse movement and help raise the profile of almshouses both in their local community and also on a national level.

‘We are privileged that our Royal Patrons have a special interest in the almshouse movement and a passion for almshouses and their valuable legacy. We thank them wholeheartedly for their support and dedication.’
Nick Phillips, CEO of The Almshouse Association


Royal Patron – King Charles III  

King Charles III, formerly HRH The Prince of Wales, is greeted by Nick Phillips CEO and Liz Fathi Chair of The Almshouse Association at Bond’s Lodge Almshouses in Coventry, May 2021

HM King Charles III, formerly HRH The Prince of Wales, became a Patron of The Almshouse Association in July 1992.

Recognising the vital role of almshouses in the United Kingdom’s social infrastructure, he instituted an annual Patron’s Award, which celebrates outstanding projects and developments.  The award is open to almshouses projects completed in the year concerned, whether new building or major refurbishments.

King Charles III, formerly HRH The Prince of Wales, cuts the cut to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of The Almshouse Association, 2021

His Majesty sent the following message to the Association:

Almshouses have been part of this country’s life for many generations and they continue to play a crucial role today in providing accommodation for those in need throughout the United Kingdom. They also make a significant contribution to our national heritage in maintaining many fine, ancient buildings.

As Patron of The Almshouse Association, I am fully aware from my own experience, and from my visits to almshouse charities around the country, of the marvellous sense of community, well-being and independence that are the hallmarks of the almshouse movement. I believe that this stems from the unique bond that is formed between residents and locally-recruited trustees, many of whom may have grown up close to their local almshouses and now wish to give something back to the local community. This sets a fine example and enriches the lives of residents, trustees and the almshouse movement as a whole”   King Charles III, formerly HRH The Prince of Wales KG KT GCB


Royal Vice Patron – HRH The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO

HRH The Duke of Gloucester meets with a resident at the Hospital of St John’s Almshouses in Heytesbury, Wiltshire

HRH, The Duke of Gloucester is The late Queen Elizabeth II’s cousin and a full-time working member of the Royal Family. He attends national and international events in support of The King and his duties as Head of State, as well as undertaking extensive public duties and engagements every year reflecting his own interests and charities.

In September 2014 HRH, The Duke of Gloucester, kindly agreed to become the Vice Royal Patron of the Association.  Since then, he has visited a number of our member charities to open new dwellings, celebrate anniversaries and present Patron’s Awards.