Supporting Her Majesty The Queen and promoting the very best of British enterprise and culture were key themes for The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall last year.
In support of The Queen, Their Royal Highnesses played a significant role in the Diamond Jubilee celebrations as well as conducting very successful visits to Canada, Papua New Guinea, Australia and New Zealand. The Prince of Wales led tributes to his mother in a moving television documentary using previously unseen family cine footage and by giving the keynote speech at the Jubilee Concert outside Buckingham Palace on 4th June 2012.
In addition to supporting the highly successful London Olympics and attending the world premiere of the 50th anniversary James Bond film Skyfall, The Prince and The Duchess travelled the length and breadth of the country highlighting the “best of British” including, among others, successful manufacturing businesses, community volunteering and sustainable fish and chips. They even found time to attend the Wimbledon tennis championships together for the first time and read the weather on television during a visit to celebrate sixty years of BBC Scotland television.
It has been another busy year for The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall in terms of public engagements throughout the United Kingdom and those overseas on behalf of the Government, the latest Annual Review from Clarence House reveals today.
The 2013 Review shows that between them The Prince and The Duchess undertook 769 joint and solo official engagements in the UK and abroad last year, hosted almost 7,500 people at events at royal residences and travelled over 58,000 miles at home and abroad in the course of their work on behalf of the country.
As well as supporting The Queen and promoting the “best of British”, the other main themes of Their Royal Highnesses’ year were the regeneration of communities and turning young people’s lives around, travelling overseas to maintain and enhance British influence with key international partners, support for the UK’s Armed Forces and their families at home and abroad, and working with the private, public and NGO sectors on sustainability.
As it does each year, the Review provides details of The Prince’s charitable activities, which continue to thrive in challenging economic conditions. In 2012-13, His Royal Highness helped to raise, directly or indirectly, £139 million to support the work of his 17 core charities. This figure is up from £131 million in the previous year, an impressive achievement given the challenges faced by the charitable sector.
The latest Review continues to provide detailed information about the Household’s impact on the environment, with a minor increase (2%) in overall carbon emissions under the Household’s control but a continuing increase in the amount of office and domestic energy which comes from renewable sources including wood chip boilers, heat pumps, solar panels and electricity from renewable sources.
The Review also explains that the vast majority of official costs of The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry are paid for by His Royal Highness from income from the Duchy of Cornwall, supported by The Queen’s Sovereign Grant funding to provide assistance with official travel and property maintenance.
The Prince’s private income from the Duchy of Cornwall in 2012-13 rose by four per cent to £19 million. His Royal Highness chooses to spend well over half of his after-tax income in support of his official and charitable work, and that spending remains at £9.8 million. His tax bill, which is paid at the highest rate of income tax after the deduction of business expenditure, remains at £4.4 million.
Spending on official travel paid for through the Sovereign Grant fell during the year from £1.3 million to £644,000. The decrease was mainly due to travel costs to Realm countries being covered by the hosts.
A newly enhanced fully interactive online version of the Annual Review has also been produced alongside the printed version, building on what has been done in previous years.
The digital Review will be available on Their Royal Highnesses’ website, www.princeofwales.gov.uk/onlinereview2013, and on the Clarence House social media accounts www.twitter.com/clarencehouse and www.facebook.com/thebritishmonarchy.
The digital Review includes additional content such as videos, pictures and maps as well as the Sustainability Account, which details greenhouse gas emissions, energy usage and other impacts.
Published for the sixth consecutive year, the Sustainability Account follows the adoption of the Connected Reporting Framework developed by The Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability Project, an initiative he set up in 2005 to help companies and public sector organizations embed sustainable practices in their operations and report their sustainability performance.
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The Annual Review is available on request from Clarence House and is also posted in its entirety on The Prince of Wales’s official website: www.princeofwales.gov.uk. Welsh and Gaelic language versions of the Review will be available on the website soon.