Our Patron

As a passionate advocate for British heritage, nature and communities, the Canal & River Trust is honoured to have His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales as our Patron.

Prince Charles posing for photo

A long-standing supporter of the nation’s waterways, the Prince held the same role at The Waterways Trust, before becoming the Canal & River Trust’s Patron when we launched as a charity in 2012.

His Royal Highness has maintained a long interest in waterways and has even rolled up his sleeves to work as a volunteer, helping to revitalise seven miles of the Montgomery Canal nearly 50 years ago. More recently, His Royal Highness met young volunteers taking part in personal development conservation work on Stoke on Trent’s canals in 2014. In 2018, he represented the Canal & River Trust by opening the first phase of the restored Cotswold.

"I should particularly like to pay tribute to the efforts of hundreds of volunteers up and down the country - their passion and commitment to keep our waterways alive have made canals what they are today. It is people like these who are inspiring others in their communities to breathe new life into their local waterway," His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales at the Canal & River Trust’s official launch.

This photo of His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales, was taken by photographer Hugo Burnard. 

Last date edited: 13 April 2021