Queen Camilla leaves charity 'deeply honoured' as she becomes its first royal patron

Queen Camilla leaves charity 'deeply honoured' as she becomes its first royal patron

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Dorothy Reddin

By Dorothy Reddin

Published: 26/01/2024

- 20:18

The Queen has demonstrated her 'deep commitment to commemorating' Holocaust victims

Queen Camilla has left a charity "deeply honoured" as she has become its first royal patron.

The Queen, 76, has been named the first royal patron of the Anne Frank Trust, to honour the Holocaust victim's love of royalty.

The charity's chief executive, Tim Robertson, stated that one of Frank's interests that offered her hope when she was hiding from the Nazis was her love of royalty.

Because of this, Robertson described it as "heartbreakingly poignant" to imagine the significance of the Queen's patronage to the late Frank.

Queen Camilla

Queen Camilla has been named the first royal patron of the Anne Frank Trust


The charity said it was “deeply honoured” to welcome the Queen as patron, which it said demonstrated her “deep commitment to commemorating the six million Jews murdered by the Nazis and to overcoming prejudice today.”

Nicola Cobbold, chairman of the Anne Frank Trust, said: “The devastating events in Israel and Gaza have led to unprecedented levels of anti-Semitism here in Britain, as well as a significant rise in Islamophobia.

“Her Majesty’s support could not be more timely as we all work to challenge hatred and build social cohesion at this critical time.”

In January 2022, the Queen commemorated the 75th anniversary of Anne Frank's diary being published by advising people not to be "bystanders" of injustice or bigotry.

Eva Schloss and Queen Camilla

Eva Schloss, the half-sister of Anne Frank, met Queen Camilla in 2022


The 92-year-old step-sister of Anne Frank, who survived Auschwitz, was among the guests to hear Queen Camilla's speech, who was then the Duchess of Cornwall.

Camilla said: “After all, surely our personal values are measured by the things that we are prepared to ignore.

“Let us, therefore, learn from those who bore witness to the horrors of the Holocaust, and all subsequent genocides, and commit ourselves to keeping their stories alive, so that each generation will be ready to tackle hatred in any of its terrible forms.

“And let us carry with us the words and wisdom Anne Frank, a child of only 14 years old, wrote on May 7, 1944: ‘What is done cannot be undone, but at least one can prevent it from happening again.’”

Queen Camilla

Queen Camilla gave a speech in 2022 to honour victims of the Holoacaust


Anne Frank House

The Anne Frank House is located in Amsterdam


Robertson, the charity's chief executive, added: “The cruelty with which (Anne) was robbed of her future is what drives us to make a difference today, engaging young people of Anne’s age in learning the crucial lessons of the Holocaust.

“As we seek to grow our educational impact even further, especially running up to the centenary of Anne Frank’s birth in 2029, it is tremendously heartening to know that we have Her Majesty’s support.”

One of Anne Frank’s hobbies while hiding was to trace the family trees of European Royal Families.

On April 21, 1944, she recorded the 18th birthday of “this beauty” Princess Elizabeth of York, later Queen Elizabeth II, in her diary.

Her picture postcards of Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret remain on the walls of her bedroom in what is now the Anne Frank House Museum.

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