HRH The Duchess of Gloucester GCVO

Our Royal President

The Duchess of Gloucester vists The Zion Centre, Manchester, where she spoke to staff and young people receiving support

HRH The Duchess of Gloucester GCVO has been a member of the Royal Family since marrying The Duke of Gloucester in 1972. Her Royal Highness has been involved with The Children’s Society for over 30 years.

Upon her appointment, The Duchess said: 'I am delighted to be the new President of The Children’s Society and I look forward to our association in the years ahead'.

The Duchess has remained our Royal President to this day. She has continued to lend The Children’s Society her support and has seen first-hand how we help the most vulnerable children and young people across the country.

Alongside visiting our offices and projects, in 2006, she joined us to celebrate our 125th anniversary at our annual ball at Claridges Ballroom, London. In 2011, The Duchess attended a reception to mark the launch of our Make Runaways Safe campaign report.

In September 2015, The Duchess visited our Manchester home, The Zion Centre, to learn more about its work supporting vulnerable children. Paul Maher, Greater Manchester Programme Manager said ‘The Duchess’ support underlines the importance of this work and I’m sure our staff and the young people who benefit from our services will take inspiration from her visit’.

On 1st December 2015 The Duchess joined us in marking the start of Advent 2015 with a special Advent Service in Lambeth Palace, London. The event was a wonderful occasion to thank our major donors, supporters and volunteers for all they did in 2015 to support our vital work helping the country’s most vulnerable children and young people. During the engagement The Duchess met with some young people from The Children’s Society; the choir, readers and clergy involved in the Service; some generous philanthropists and supporters of the charity; two of our celebrity supporters MOBO-award winning Gospel Singer Lurine Cato and Eastenders actor Rudolph Walker; and Anne Longfield OBE, The Children’s Commissioner for England.