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ASA thanks Queen for Patronage

The ASA would like to thank Her Majesty The Queen for her patronage over the last 63 years.

The Queen became the organisation’s patron on 6 March 1953 and has been a great champion of swimming and water safety.

Her Majesty will step down as Patron of the ASA at the end of this year, with her patronage passing to HRH The Duke of Cambridge.

Jane Nickerson, ASA Interim Chief Executive, said: “On behalf of our President, Chairmen, Boards and all our staff and Members, I would like to thank Her Majesty for her years of support and service to the ASA.

“It has been an honour to have Her Majesty as our Patron and to be able to celebrate our many achievements together.

“We are delighted to welcome The Duke of Cambridge as our new Patron and look forward to continuing our close relationship with the Royal Family.”

In 2013 the ASA celebrated 60 years of the Queen’s Patronage with a commemorative display of photographs and film footage, which is now housed in the ASA Library and Historical Archive.

This included details of the ASA’s 1953 announcement of the start of Her Majesty’s patronage, and details of Her Majesty’s attendance at the ASA Centenary Gala in 1969 at Crystal Palace.

In June, ASA volunteers joined other organisations at The Patron’s Lunch to celebrate Her Majesty’s 90th Birthday.