The Queen to step down from some of her royal duties at the end of her 90th birthday year

The Queen to step down from some of her royal duties at the end of her 90th birthday year

So it's understandable that she's cutting some of her workload as 2016 comes to an end.

Buckingham Palace has announced that the Queen is stepping down as patron of 25 national organisations.

A statement read: “At the end of the Queen’s 90th birthday year, Her Majesty will step down as patron from a number of national organisations.

"The patronages will be passed on to other members of the royal family in the coming months."

The Queen to step down from some of her royal duties at the end of her 90th birthday year

Some of the charities being passed on by the Queen include the NSPCC, Battersea Dogs Home and the Rugby Football union and journalist Roya Nikkhah has tweeted that The Duchess of Cornwall is expected to take over children's charity Barnardos.

The palace has confirmed that the Queen will continue to serve as patron for a number of other organisations.


“Her Majesty is currently patron of more than 600 organisations and has enjoyed a close and active association with a great number of them throughout her reign," the statement continued.

"Her Majesty will continue to serve as patron to hundreds of charities and institutions but will now share this work with her family.

The Queen to step down from some of her royal duties at the end of her 90th birthday year

"Many of the organisations listed below already have other members of the royal family as vice-patrons or presidents, which will ensure a smooth transition."

The Queen is following in the footsteps of her husband the Duke of Edinburgh, who also resigned from some of his patronages when he turned 90 in 2011.



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