Our programmes currently revolve around four main themes of work; mental health, wildlife and conservation, young people and the armed forces community.
We focus on projects that meet some simple criteria – they must reflect the interests and passions of our Principals; they bring about sustainable change to issues that matter to society; they are innovative; and they work in a way that only The Royal Foundation can make happen.
We support these projects by using our Principals’ convening power to provide a neutral platform where charities and other organisations can work together.
We are also very clear to set out a timeline for the life of the programme. If a new potential project meets our criteria we research and explore the most effective solutions, scaling when appropriate and ultimately handing the reins over to one of our partners or developing it in a way that makes it self-sustainable. The Invictus Games is one such programme, developed by The Royal Foundation, now successfully growing and run independently.
The Royal Foundation was legally established by The Princes in September 2009 and became fully operational in 2011, when The Duchess of Cambridge joined as a Principal Patron. Meghan Markle, The Duchess of Sussex became the fourth Principal Patron following her marriage to Prince Harry in 2018.
Charities that are supported by The Royal Foundation that you may see featured here:
July 09, 2011 – The Foundation Polo Challenge At The Santa Barbara Polo And Racquet Club – Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge celebrate after winning the game at the Foundation Polo Challenge at the Santa Barbara Racquet and Polo Club in Santa Barbara, California. The event benefits the American Friends of the Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry, a charity which supports disadvantaged children, conservation and sustainable development, veterans and military families.
January 08, 2012 – War Horse – UK Premiere – Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, arrives at the UK Premiere of ‘War Horse’ at Odeon Leicester Square in London, England. The premiere was held in the aid of the Royal Foundation.
June 17, 2012 – ‘Expanding Horizons’ Primary School Outdoor Camp – Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge interacts with schoolchildren at an ‘Expanding Horizons’ Primary School camp, taking part in various outdoor activities at the Widehorizons Margaret McMillan House in Kent, in Wrotham, England. The camping trip was organized by ARK Schools, which is supported in part by The Royal Foundation.
July 26, 2012 – Launch Of The Coach Core Program At Bacon’s College – Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends a reception as she visits Bacon’s College in London, England. Prince Harry, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visited Bacon’s College and launched the Coach Core Programme, a partnership between The Royal Foundation and Greenhouse.
October 10, 2012 – The Duchess Of Cambridge Visits Newcastle – Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge makes a visit to the CRI Stockton Recovery Service on in Stockton-On-Tees, England. Her Royal Highness talked to families who have benefited from Action on Addiction’s M-PACT programme, which was successfully introduced by CRI in Stockton. During her visit, the Duchess of Cambridge was also shown around the William Street facility and met with staff.
April 04, 2013 – Visiting The Donald Dewar Leisure Centre– Catherine, Countess of Strathearn accompanied by Prince William, Earl of Strathearn visits the Donald Dewar Leisure Centre to launch a new project for their foundation on in Glasgow, Scotland. The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry is partnering with Glasgow Sport and the Hunter Foundation on a new pilot as part of its national Coach Core initiative.
December 07, 2014 – New York City Tour – Day 1 – Set 2 – On Day One of their three day visit of New York City The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the American Friends of the Royal Foundation Dinner, hosted by British media and marketing executive Sir Martin Sorrell, at his home in Gramercy Park. The private dinner was expected to raise millions of dollars for The Royal Foundation from contributions from guests.
December 08, 2014 – New York City Tour – Day 2 – Set 2 – The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attend a conservation reception hosted at the British Consul General’s residence alongside former First Lady and Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton and her daughter Chelsea. The reception was co-hosted by The Royal Foundation and the Clinton Foundation, in recognition of the work carried out by Tusk Trust and United for Wildlife partners Wildlife Conservation Society, Conservation International and The Nature Conservancy. The couple chatted with supporters of the charities during their visit.
April 21, 2016 – Launch Of “Heads Together’ Campaign – The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry are spearheading a new campaign called ‘Heads Together’ in partnership with inspiring charities, which aims to change the national conversation on mental wellbeing. The campaign has the huge privilege of being the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon Charity of the Year. At Kensington Palace in London, England.
April 22, 2016 – Visiting Willows Primary School – Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge makes a visit to The Willows Primary School, Wythenshawe to launch a new school counseling program, M-PACT Plus in Manchester, England. Funded by Comic Relief and The Royal Foundation, the project will see Place2Be and Action on Addiction work in partnership to provide early support for school children affected by a parents drug or alcohol misuse.
May 16, 2016 – Launch Of ‘Heads Together’ Campaign – Prince Harry, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge speak during the launch of the Heads Together campaign on mental health in London, England. Heads Together brings together The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry in partnership with inspiring charities that are tackling stigma, raising awareness, and providing vital help for people with mental health challenges.
August 25, 2016 – Visiting YoungMinds Mental Health Charity Helpline – In a previously unannounced visit Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge visit a helpline service run by one of the eight charity partners of ‘Heads Together’ in London, England. During their visit the pair listened in on live calls, sat in on a training lesson, and met the volunteers who man the helplines.
September 16, 2016 – Visiting Stewards Academy With ‘Heads Together’ – Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to Steward’s Academy in Harlow, England. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are visiting Steward’s Academy as part of their ‘Heads Together’ campaign, to find out more about the pressures faced by young people when they are going through big changes in their lives, and learn about the support from peers and parents that can help them get through these changes.
October 10, 2016 – Celebrating World Mental Health Day At The London Eye With Heads Together – Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry take a ride in a pod of the London Eye with members of the mental health charity ‘Heads together’ on World Mental Health Day in London, England.
December 19, 2016 – Attending Christmas Party At The Mix Youth Service – Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attend a Christmas party for volunteers at The Mix youth service on in London, England. The Mix youth service works with Their Royal Highnesses’ ‘Heads Together’ Campaign.
January 17, 2017 – ‘Heads Together’ Briefing Ahead Of London Marathon – Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry attends a briefing to announce plans for ‘Heads Together’ ahead of the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon at ICA on January 17, 2017 in London, England. ‘Heads Together’, Charity of the Year 2017, is led by The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry in partnership with leading mental health charities.
February 05, 2017 – ‘Team Heads Together London Marathon Training Day’ – Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Wiliam, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry attend a training day for the ‘Heads Together’ team for the London Marathon at Olympic Park in London, England.
February 06, 2017 – Attending Place2Be Big Assembly With Heads Together For Children’s Mental Health Week – Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the Place2Be Big Assembly with ‘Heads Together’ for Children’s Mental Health Week at Mitchell Brook Primary School in London, England.
February 06, 2017 – Attending The Guild Of Health Writers Conference – Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attend Guild of Health Writers Conference with ‘Heads Together’ at Chandos House on February 6, 2017 in London, England.
March 23, 2017 – Attending Launch Of Maternal Mental Health Films With Best Beginnings And ‘Heads Together’ – Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the Launch of Maternal Mental Health Films ahead of Mother’s Day at Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in London, England. The educational films have been created by Best Beginnings, a charity partner of the ‘Heads Together’.
April 19, 2017 – Hosting Team ‘Heads Together’ Runners – Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge speaks with runners from Team Heads Together ahead of the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon, at Kensington Palace in London, England. Heads Together is spearheaded by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, in partnership with eight leading mental health charities that are tackling stigma, raising awareness, and providing vital help for people with mental health problems.
April 20, 2017 – Officially Opening The Global Academy – Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry attend the official opening of The Global Academy in support of Heads Together at The Global Academy in Hayes, England. The Global Academy is a state school founded and operated by Global, The Media & Entertainment Group and will educate students for careers in broadcast and digital media.
April 23, 2017 – Attending The Virgin Money London Marathon – The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry cheer on runners talking part in the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon in London, England. The ‘Heads Together’ mental heath campaign, spearheaded by The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, is the marathon’s 2017 Charity of the Year.
October 18, 2017 – Attending Coach Core Graduation Ceremony – Prince Harry, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William Duke of Cambridge attend the Coach Core graduation ceremony for more than 150 Coach Core apprentices at The London Stadium in London, England. The trio took time during the event to speak to key supporters of the Coach Core, and the apprentices whose lives have been changed by the program. Afterwards, they congratulated the graduates and posed for official photos.
November 07, 2017 – Attending Anna Freud National Centre Gala Dinner – Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the 2017 Gala Dinner for The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families (AFNCCF) at Kensington Palace in London, England. The Anna Freud Centre is one of the ‘Heads Together’ charity partners. The event celebrated the new £39 million Centre of Excellence currently under construction on Rodney Street in Islington. During the event The Duchess heard more about the work of the centre from those who are involved with the charity, including families who have benefited from the work of the organisation.
November 22, 2017 – The Duke & Duchess Of Cambridge Visit Birmingham – Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visits Aston Villa Football Club to see the work of the Coach Core programme in Birmingham in Birmingham, England. The Coach Core was founded by The Royal Foundation in 2012, and launched by William, Kate, and Harry ahead of the 2012 Olympics. The Coach Core apprenticeship gives young people aged 16-24 the chance to become the next generation of inspirational coaches.
December 12, 2017 – Attends ‘Magic Mums’ Christmas Party – Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the Rugby Portobello Trust’s Christmas party which included children affected by the Grenfell Tower fire, at its community centre in North Kensington. In 2017 The Royal Foundation established “Support4Grenfell”, an emotional support hub in north Kensington, to provide additional mental health resources for the community affected by the Grenfell fire. “Support4Grenfell” is also in partnership with Place2Be, The Art Room, Child Bereavement UK and Winston’s Wish.
January 23, 2018 – Visiting Roe Green Junior School – Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visits Roe Green Junior School on January 23, 2018 in London, England to launch a online programme that supports children’s mental health at school. Funded by The Royal Foundation as part of the ‘Heads Together’ campaign, the website will be available to every primary school in the UK and will give teachers and staff the clarity and practical resources they need to support pupils.
February 28, 2018 – First Annual Royal Foundation Forum – Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attended the First Annual Royal Foundation Forum held at Aviva in London, England. Under the theme ‘Making a Difference Together’, the event showcased the programmes run or initiated by The Royal Foundation.
March 21, 2018 – Early Intervention For Children And Families Symposium – Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attended a symposium she has organised on early intervention for children and families at the Royal Society of Medicine in London, England. Sir Simon Charles Wessely, President of the Royal Society of Medicine, Peter Fonagy, Chief Executive at The Anna Freud Centre and Lorraine Heggessey of the Royal Foundation were in attendance.