King Charles to become Patron of the British Olympic Association

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Majesty King Charles III in conversation with Olympic boxer Frazer Clarke. Photo credit: BOA

His Majesty King Charles III is to become Patron of the British Olympic Association (BOA).

Buckingham Palace confirmed the Patronage to mark the first anniversary of Their Majesties’ Coronation earlier this month.

He takes over the Patronage from the late Queen Elizabeth II, who had been Patron of the BOA since her ascension to the throne in 1952.

The British Olympic Association is the National Olympic Committee (NOC) behind Team GB. As the NOC of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the BOA selects the nation’s best athletes to compete in the 32 summer and eight winter Olympic sports at the greatest sporting competition in the world.

The BOA was formed in 1905 in the House of Commons and at that time consisted of seven National Governing Body (NGB) members from the following sports: fencing, life-saving, cycling, skating, rowing, athletics, rugby, football and archery. 

The BOA now includes as its members the 40 NGBs of each Olympic sport, both summer and winter.

Sir Hugh Robertson, Chair of the BOA, said:

“We are delighted that His Majesty The King has agreed to take on the Patronage of the BOA. As an organisation that represents all four corners of the United Kingdom, the support and active engagement of The Royal Family, and in particular HRH The Princess Royal, is important, and has been crucial to the recent success of Team GB. It is fantastic news that it will continue in the years ahead.”

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