THE Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM), in a statement, said that the Prince of Wales has agreed to extend his presidency of the Associated Board until 2009.
ABRSM chief executive Richard Morris said: “We are greatly honoured and delighted that the Prince of Wales has confirmed his willingness to continue his patronage of the Associated Board, a period in which we anticipate many exciting developments in the world of music education.”
The Prince of Wales became president of the Associated Board in August 1999 when he succeeded Queen Elizabeth, who had been president for 46 years and subsequently became president emerita.
Royal patronage of the Associated Board dates back to King Edward VII who, as Prince of Wales, became the first president, and subsequently patron, following his accession to the throne in 1901.
Successive British sovereigns have maintained this tradition and the Queen is the present patron.
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