Prince Richard, 78, is connected to over 150 charities and organisations with a number of patronages reflecting his interests including humanitarian issues, military veterans, and heritage. On Wednesday, His Royal Highness visited Lehman College of the City University of New York to meet scholarship students.
The students received the scholarships from the St George’s Society of New York, of which the Duke of Gloucester is patron.
According to the Royal Family’s Twitter account: “HRH visited New York this week as Patron of @sgs_ny, a charity that provides a range of assistance to people in need of support in the city.”
The St George’s society was founded in 1770 and provides key support to people in New York City.
The society thanked the Duke for his attendance and said on Twitter that “it was an honour hosting our Royal Patron”.
They added: “Lehman College welcomed HRH to their campus where he met some of our 450 CUNY [City University New York] scholars and was presented with the Presidential Medal by @lehmanpresident.”
The Duke has been the patron of the society in 2000 and saw first-hand the work of the charity while on the visit.
The scholarships for the over 450 students were made available to those students who trace their heritage to the Commonwealth, according to the Royal Family website.
Royal fans reacted to the visit with Twitter user @jullietseismolog calling the visit “super cool”.
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During his visit to The Big Apple, Prince Richard also visited a local café to have afternoon tea with senior citizens who also benefit from the support of the society which runs programmes for senior citizens at risk of homelessness.
Twitter user @debbycastle2 praised the hard work of the Royals as Princess Anne and her husband have embarked on a four-day visit to Uganda.
Debby wrote: “The Royal Family has been all over the world. Very busy time.”