Prince Charles to continue Prince Philip’s passion with exciting new patronage

Prince Charles has joined the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh as patron, a role that had previously been held by his father

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Prince Charles will continue Prince Philip's advocacy for medical advances in his most recently acquired role, succeeding his late father as the patron of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. 

Prince Charles has added yet another job to his jam-packed work schedule, becoming the patron of the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh (RCSEd) following the death of his beloved father, the Duke of Edinburgh. 

Prince Philip served as the organization's patron for an incredible 66 years before passing away at Windsor Castle at the age of 99 in April 2021. His contribution to the college was recognized in 2015, two years before he retired from public life, with the establishment of the Prince Philip building. He had also been made an Honorary Fellow of the institution in 1955. 

The news comes shortly after it was revealed that Prince Charles is facing an investigation after reportedly accepting a suitcase filled with €1 million cash at Clarence House

Professor Michael Griffin, president of the RCSEd, said it was a "privilege" to 'welcome' Prince Charles - who is called The Duke of Rothesay in Scotland as its new patron. He also reminisced on the Duke of Edinburgh's work at the college, calling his "engagement with fellows and officers at the opening of the building" "extraordinary." 


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"Throughout his patronage, His Royal Highness took great interest in the surgical profession and its advancement of patient care," the former Consultant Oesophagogastric surgeon added. 

Prince Charles, who is already either a patron, president or member of over 400 charities, has not yet publicly commented on the new role. However, he may have the opportunity to visit the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh this week, during his trip to Scotland for its annual Royal Week. The Queen reportedly arrived at the Palace of Holyroodhouse on Monday, 27 June, to participate in the Ceremony of the Keys with Earl and the Countess of Wessex.  

Emma Dooney
Lifestyle News Writer

Hailing from the lovely city of Dublin, Emma mainly covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health and wellness feature. Always up for a good conversation, she has a passion for interviewing everyone from A-list celebrities to the local GP - or just about anyone who will chat to her, really.

Emma holds an MA in International Journalism from City, University of London, and a BA in English Literature from Trinity College Dublin.