Our Patron and President

About the RNLI's Patron and President, who help to run the charity to save lives at sea.
Queen and Duke of Kent at the College opening

Photo: Bella West

HM The Queen and the Duke of Kent at the opening of the RNLI College

Our Patron: Her Majesty The Queen

HM The Queen visiting St Peter Port Lifeboat StationHM The Queen has been Patron of the RNLI since 1952.

Since then, she has named five RNLI lifeboats: the Solent class Royal British Legion Jubilee, the Waveney class The Scout, the Mersey class Her Majesty the Queen, the Severn class Richard Cox Scott and the Severn class Sybil Mullen Glover.

In July 2004, HM The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh performed the official opening of RNLI College, where the charity’s lifeboat crew and lifeguards are trained to save lives at sea.

Declaring the College officially open, Her Majesty said: ‘Having just seen some of the excellent training that is already being delivered, I am certain that the College will play a vital role in helping the RNLI to save even more lives at sea.’

Our President: His Royal Highness the Duke of Kent KG

HRH The Duke of Kent visits Padstow Lifeboat StationHRH The Duke of Kent has been President of the RNLI since 1969. He succeeded both his father and his mother as President of the charity.

As President, the Duke of Kent has attended many RNLI events, including the official opening of RNLI College by HM The Queen in July 2004. In April 2005, at RNLI Headquarters in Dorset, he attended the naming of a new all-weather lifeboat, The Duke of Kent. 

2009 saw His Royal Highness mark 40 years as President of the RNLI. At our annual presentation of awards, we presented him with a diorama in recognition of his 4 decades of service and commitment.