A celebration of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee:
The Royals and the Red Cross
Exploring over 70 years of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's work with the British Red Cross, and a history of longstanding support from the Royal Family.
A long history with the Royals
When our organisation was founded in 1870, Queen Victoria became the charity’s first patron. Over time, various members of the family have been involved with Red Cross fundraising appeals and events, and raised awareness of our life-saving work.
Support from the Royal family remains strong today. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II championed our work for over 70 years, first as patron of the Junior Red Cross and later as patron of the British Red Cross when she ascended to the throne in 1952.
Throughout her life, she showed her enduring support for the work of the Red Cross and gave recognition to the contributions of our inspirational volunteers.
Free exhibition, open from 6 June 2022
British Red Cross Museum, 44 Moorfields, London, EC2Y 9AL
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Curator: Mehzebin Adam-Suter
Object photography: Jon Kempner
All images © British Red Cross Museum and Archives unless otherwise stated.
The exhibition includes rarely seen photographs of the late Queen Elizabeth II and members of the Royal Family, medals awarded to volunteers, and objects connected to key events in our history. Scroll down to see some of the highlights from the exhibition or view the full online exhibition.