Prince Charles has taken over a Royal Patronage once held by his younger brother Prince Andrew.
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) announced on Tuesday that it was “delighted” to welcome the Prince of Wales as its new patron.
“The Prince of Wales has a life-long association with the Arts. During the pandemic His Royal Highness spoke about the importance of protecting the Arts, stressing their enormous importance to life in the UK and to the economy,” the announcement reads in part.
And the 72-year-old’s involvement comes at a special time for the orchestra, its 75th anniversary this coming fall. It also announced the entrance of its new music director, Vasily Petrenko.
“The RPO’s mission to enrich lives through orchestral experiences that are uncompromising in their excellence and inclusive in their appeal, places it at the forefront of music-making in the UK,” the orchestra revealed.
The news comes just weeks after Princes Charles and Andrew laid their father, Prince Philip, to rest at a televised royal funeral at Windsor Castle. Both British royal family members paid tribute to their late father, the Duke of Edinburgh, in separate statements made after his death.
The Duke of York’s April 11 announcement about Philip was the first time he spoke out publicly since stepping away from public duties after his nuclear BBC interview in Nov. 2019 regarding his relationship with disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein.
“I loved him as a father,” Andrew told reporters waiting outside. “He was so calm…He was always someone you could go to and he would always listen.”
“We’ve lost, almost, the grandfather of the nation,” Andrew told well-wishers. “And I feel very sorry and supportive of my mother, who’s feeling it probably more than everybody else.”
Andrew added that the queen, 95, “described it as having left a huge void in her life.”
The Duke of Edinburgh passed away on April 9 at age 99.
True Royalty TV co-founder Nick Bullen told Fox News earlier this month that Prince Philip’s title will eventually be passed on to his youngest son Prince Edward.
“It’s my understanding that Edward wasn’t made a duke upon marriage because both the queen and Prince Philip wanted Edward to become the Duke of Edinburgh upon Philip’s death. I believe it will happen,” Bullen said.