The Royal Variety Charity has been honoured with Royal Patronage from the reigning Monarch ever since 1921, when His Majesty King George V became the first Patron of the Variety Aristes' Benevolent Fund (the previous name of the Royal Variety Charity).
His Majesty King George V also decreed, in the same year, that the Royal Variety Performance would become an annual event, after the success of the two previous Royal shows in 1912 and 1919. Her Majesty Queen Mary joined her husband the King, as joint Patron of the charity, shortly afterwards.
King George V added that 'the Monarch or a senior member of the Royal Family, would attend an annual Performance, in aid of Brinsworth House and the Royal Variety Charity, once a year thereafter, to demonstrate the Royal family's love and support for the entertainment industry and its associated charity.'
Royal patronage has continued ever since, and the Royal Variety Charity is proud to have also had as its Patrons, His Majesty King George VI, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
It is believed that the Royal Variety Charity is the only charity to exist in the UK with such a long, unbroken line of patronage from the reigning monarch.
1921 - 1936 His Majesty King George V & Her Majesty Queen Mary
1936 - 1952 His Majesty King George VI
1936 - 2002 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother
1952 -Present Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II