Royal Patrons HRH The Prince of Wales, 2010 Royal Patron - HRH The Prince of Wales KG KT GCB HRH, The Prince of Wales has been Patron of The Almshouse Association since July 1992. Recognising the vital role of almshouses in the United Kingdom’s social infrastructure, HRH The Prince of Wales, 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. His Royal Highness 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” HRH The Prince of Wales KG KT GCB HRH The Duke of Gloucester, 2015 Royal Vice Patron - HRH The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO HRH, The Duke of Gloucester is The Queen’s cousin and a full-time working member of the Royal Family. He attends national and international events in support of The Queen and her 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 and presented the Patron’s Awards.