His Majesty King Charles III announced as Patron of the Royal Opera House

Buckingham Palace has this week announced that His Majesty The King will retain patronage of the Royal Opera House and The Royal Opera 

In the announcement marking the first anniversary of Their Majesties’ Coronation, it was also announced that His Majesty will also take on his late mother’s long-standing patronage of The Royal Ballet.

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Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House, Alex Beard, said: 

We are deeply honoured and absolutely delighted that His Majesty King Charles III has agreed to retain his patronage of the Royal Opera House. For more than six decades, we have benefitted from the dedicated support of the Royal Family, and we are extremely grateful to His Majesty for continuing to recognise the work we do to bring world-class ballet and opera to audiences across the country and around the globe. We offer our warmest congratulations to Their Majesties on the first anniversary of their coronation. 

© ROH Photographer Laura Aziz

The Royal Opera House has had a long and proud history with the British Royal Family. The Royal Ballet was awarded its Royal Charter in 1956, and The Royal Opera in 1968.  

Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II became Patron of The Royal Ballet in 1956, while the former Prince of Wales became patron of The Royal Opera and Royal Opera House in 1975 and 2009, respectively.

© ROH Photographer Laura Aziz

Their Majesties King Charles III and Queen Camilla last visited the Royal Opera House for a special performance of Don Quixote in November last year. The performance gathered more than 600 NHS staff, teachers and members of the Royal Opera House’s Songs for Ukraine Chorus for a celebration of the audience’s achievements.  

With this news, His Majesty The King will now be Royal Patron of the Royal Opera House, The Royal Ballet and The Royal Opera.  

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