RSL President Marina Warner says:
The Council, Fellows and Members and staff of the RSL are delighted and honoured that Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cornwall, has agreed to become our Royal Patron, taking over from Her Majesty The Queen. We all wish to recognise the steadfast, generous contribution of Her Majesty to the Society’s standing and character and, consequently, to our undertakings and effectiveness. Now, with The Duchess as our new Patron, we shall be continuing the vital work that we do for writers, readers and the whole literary world.
We are thrilled that The Duchess’s first appearance as our Royal Patron will be at the announcement of our 40 Under 40 Fellows on the evening of Wednesday 27 June. It could not be more fitting a day than National Writing Day for the Society to welcome Her Royal Highness, a champion of literature, as Royal Patron.