The Prince's Foundation for Children and The Arts

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The Prince’s Foundation for Children & the Arts is an independent educational charity that provides access to professional arts venues for young people in the UK who would otherwise grow up having had no, or very limited opportunity, to engage with the arts.[1]

The charity was formerly known as The Prince of Wales Arts & Kids Foundation [2]


The Prince’s Foundation for Children & the Arts began when HRH The Prince of Wales visited a pupil referral unit in Balsall Heath, Birmingham.

While going round the school he saw a class studying Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" under the direction of an inspiring teacher who had roused a great response to the play from the pupils. His Royal Highness was surprised to hear that the children were studying the play without seeing it performed.

Coincidentally, the Royal Shakespeare Company was performing "Romeo and Juliet" at Stratford at the time. Being president of the Royal Shakespeare Company The Prince of Wales suggested that the class might like to go and see it. The class went and, after the performance, the cast entertained them on stage.

After the trip all of the students wrote to the Prince saying it was the best experience of their lives. As a result of this experience he decided to take action and began the process which led to the development of his Foundation for Children & the Arts.[3]


The Prince's Foundation for Children & the Arts is part of The Prince's Charities, a group of not-for-profit organisations of which The Prince of Wales is President: 18 of the 20 charities were founded personally by HRH The Prince of Wales. The group is the largest multi-cause charitable enterprise in the United Kingdom, raising over £100 million annually.


  1. ^ Daily Telegraph feature
  2. ^ The Times
  3. ^ Daily Telegraph feature

External links[edit]

The Prince's Foundation for Children & the Arts Website [1] The Prince's Charities Website [2]