SEATTLE — Queen for more than 66 years, Elizabeth II holds the title of the longest-reigning ruler in the history of Britain, surpassing Queen Victoria in 2015. People from all corners of the globe know of Queen Elizabeth II, and she has been an icon for decades. While she may not have tangible political power, the scope of her influence is undeniable. In her role as Queen, she has a variety of jobs, ranging from hosting diplomacy events to influencing trends, but one of her most important roles is that of philanthropist. She has committed her life to serving others, and her example has set a precedent for the entire royal family. Queen Elizabeth II’s impact on poverty around the world has created a legacy that will last for centuries.
Queen Elizabeth II has served as patron for more than 600 charity organizations, the majority of which she has served for more than 60 years. These organizations include the British Red Cross, Cancer Research U.K., Blind Veterans U.K. and Save the Children U.K. By serving as patron to these charities, the queen directs the public’s attention to important causes and helps them to raise more money than they could otherwise. She does this partly by making appearances at events put on by these charities. Most members of the royal family have a number of charities that they support, but the Queen and her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, are patrons to the greatest number.
In 2012 alone, the queen helped these organizations raise £1.4 billion. This cements her position as one of the most impactful philanthropists in the world. In addition to this impressive track record, she also donates her own money to causes close to her heart. In 2015, she sent personal money to Nepal after hearing the news of the earthquake that devastated the country.
Many more charitable actions demonstrate Queen Elizabeth II’s impact on poverty. She hosts several garden parties at Buckingham Palace every year, raising money for various organizations that help those in need. The Queen also donated the money from her 90th birthday medal to 76 charities of her patronage. In her old age, the charities that she has assisted for decades still remain a priority.
At the end of 2016, the queen passed down 25 patronages, including patronage of Save the Children U.K., Animal Health Trust and the Institution of Civil Engineers, to other members of the royal family in order to make sure they would always have royal patrons. At 91 years old, the Queen still holds the role of patron for hundreds of different charities in Britain. Her enthusiasm and dedication have ensured that Queen Elizabeth II’s impact on poverty will serve as an example for the royal family for years to come.
– Julia McCartney