List of Canadian organizations with royal patronage

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This is a list of Canadian organizations with royal patronage. The practice of members of the Canadian Royal Family giving their patronage to Canadian organizations stems from that which started in the United Kingdom in pre-industrial times, when all development of the sciences and arts were under the direct control of the monarch and exercised by the foundation of colleges that today form the basis of modern universities. Today, royal patronage is a ceremonial function wherein the royal person will either volunteer their time for service or make charitable donations, in order to help bring recognition to the group's achievements and to the contributions of different sectors of public life.[1]

Any organization may apply for royal patronage, via the Office of the Governor General; however, to receive the honour, an organization must prove to be long lasting and have aims and objectives that will earn the approval of the person from whom patronage is requested.[2] Also, patronage is typically granted to athletic, artistic, cultural, or charitable organizations; rarely to corporate or for-profit companies. Some charities and volunteer organizations have been founded as gifts to, or in honour of, some of Canada's monarchs or members of the Royal Family, such as the Victorian Order of Nurses (a gift to Queen Victoria for her Diamond Jubilee in 1897), the Canadian Cancer Fund (set up in honour of King George V's Silver Jubilee in 1935), and the Queen Elizabeth II Fund to Aid in Research on the Diseases of Children.

Queen Elizabeth II[edit]


Organization Position
Canadian Medical Association Patron[3]
Canadian National Exhibition Association Patron[3]
Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire Patron[3]
Royal Alberta Museum Patron[4]
Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Patron[3]
Canadian Red Cross Society Patron[3]
Federated Women's Institutes of Canada Patron[3]
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Patron[3]
Canadian Cancer Society Patron[3]
Save the Children Canada Patron[3]
Royal Canadian Humane Association Patron[3]
Canadian Nurses Association Patron[3]
Royal Canadian Legion Patron
Toronto French School Patron[3]
St. John's-Ravenscourt School Patron[3]
Queen's Plate Patron
Royal Agricultural Winter Fair of Toronto Patron
Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo Patron
Royal Manitoba Winter Fair Patron
Royal Winnipeg Ballet Patron
Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Patron
Royal British Columbia Museum Patron
Manitoba Theatre Centre Patron
St. John Ambulance Patron


Organization Position
Royal Canadian Air Force Benevolent Fund Patron[3]
Royal Canadian Naval Benevolent Fund Patron[3]
Navy League of Canada Patron[3]
Royal Canadian Naval Association Patron[3]
Royal Canadian Air Force Association Patron[3]

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh[edit]


Organization Position
Canadian Club of Toronto Patron
Massey College, Toronto Senior Fellow
Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron Patron
Upper Canada College Visitor[3]
Royal Canadian Yacht Club Patron[3]
Royal Society of Canada Honorary Fellow[3][5]
Canadian Medical Association Honorary Member[3]
Royal St. Lawrence Yacht Club of Montreal Patron[3]
Royal Vancouver Yacht Club Patron[3]
Royal Montreal Curling Club Honorary Life Member[3]
Canadian Power & Sail Squadrons Patron
Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute Patron[3]
Dawson City Museum and Historical Society Patron[3]
Canadian Curling Association Patron[3]
Outward Bound Trust, Canada Patron[3]
Vancouver Rowing Club Patron[3]
Upper Canada College Campaign Patron[3]
British Railway Modellers of North America Honorary Member[3]
Canadian Power Squadrons Patron[3]
College of Family Physicians of Canada Honorary Member[3]
Engineering Institute of Canada Honorary Member[3]
Fondation de la Faune du Québec Honorary Life Member[3]
Loyal Canadian Prince Club Honorary Member[3]
Porcupine Rod and Gun Club Life Member[3]
South Saskatchewan Wildlife Association Honorary Life Member[3]
Toronto Club Honorary Life Member[3]
Toronto Press Club Honorary Member[3]
University Club of Montreal Honorary Member[3]
Vancouver Racquets Club Honorary Member[3]
World Affairs Canada Patron[3]
Canadian Cutting Horse Association Patron[3]
Canadian Water Ski Association – now named Water Ski & Wakeboard Canada Honorary Patron[3]
Brant Wildlife Festival Patron


Organization Position
Naval Officers' Association of Canada Patron[3]
HMCS Discovery Wardroom Life Member[3]
Royal Canadian Naval Sailing Association Honorary Commodore[3]
Royal Canadian Regiment Association Patron[3]
Seaforth Highlanders of Canada Officers' Mess Life Member[3]

Charles, Prince of Wales[edit]

Organization Position
Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum Patron[3]
Royal Hamilton Yacht Club Patron[3]
Canadian Businesses for Social Responsibility Patron[3]
Regina Symphony Orchestra Patron[6]
Willowbank School of Restoration Arts Patron[7]
The Royal Consevatory of Music Patron

Prince Andrew, Duke of York[edit]

Organization Position
Lakefield College School Trustee[3]
Maple Bay Yacht Club Patron[3]
Royal Victoria Yacht Club Patron[3]
Royal United Services Institute of Alberta Patron
Canadian Canoe Museum Patron[3]
Friends of Lakefield College School Patron[3]
Robert Trent Jones Scholarship Foundation Patron[8][9]
Canadian International Air Show Patron

Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex[edit]

Organization Position
Globe Theatre (Regina, Saskatchewan) Patron[3]
The Duke of Edinburgh's Award, Young Canadians Challenge Charter for Business Honorary Chairman[3]

Sophie, Countess of Wessex[edit]

Organization Position
New Haven Trust Patron[3]
Toronto General Hospital Patron[3]

Anne, Princess Royal[edit]

Organization Position
Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association Patron[3]
Princess Margaret Cancer Centre Patron
Emerging Leaders' Dialogue Canada President[10]

Queen Alexandra[edit]

Organization Position
Queen Alexandra Foundation for Children Patron

Princess Alexandra, The Honourable Lady Ogilvy[edit]


Organization Position
Friends of the Osborne and Lillian H. Smith Collections Patron[3]


Organization Position
Royal Canadian Military Institute Colonel-in-Chief[3]


New Brunswick[edit]

Organization Position
Royal New Brunswick Rifle Association Patron[11]
Royal United Services Institute of New Brunswick Honorary Patron[11]



Organization Position
Royal Canadian Institute Patron
Royal Ontario Museum Patron
Royal Botanical Gardens Patron


Organization Position
Royal Canadian Military Institute Patron[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Buckingham Palace: The Monarchy Today: Queen and Public: Charities and Special Associations
  2. ^ "Department of Canadian Heritage: Criteria for Royal patronage". Archived from the original on 2007-08-07. Retrieved 2008-08-29.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as at au av aw ax ay az ba bb bc bd be bf bg bh bi bj bk bl bm bn bo Canadian organizations with Royal Patronage
  4. ^ "Royal Visit". Government of Alberta. September 14, 2005. Archived from the original on December 13, 2005. Retrieved December 10, 2019.
  5. ^ "A Little Bit of History". Royal Society of Canada.
  6. ^ Regina Symphony Orchestra: The Prince of Wales to be Royal Patron of the RSO; September 4, 2008 Archived January 7, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ The Prince of Wales becomes Royal Patron of Willowbank (PDF), Willowbank School of Restoration Arts, 21 May 2014, archived from the original (PDF) on 4 March 2016, retrieved 30 June 2015
  8. ^ "Educational organizations under the patronage of the Duke of York". Retrieved 2007-09-15.
  9. ^ "The Canadian Robert T. Jones, Jr. Scholarship Foundation". Retrieved 2007-09-15.
  10. ^ Thurston, Meaghan (19 February 2015). "HRH The Princess Royal visits McGill". McGill Reporter. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
  11. ^ a b Office of the Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick

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