Queen Elizabeth II Is Easing Her Workload

By The Associated Press
The Associated Press
The Associated Press
December 20, 2016 Updated: December 20, 2016

Queen Elizabeth II will step down from her role as patron of more than 20 charities and organizations at the end of the year.

Buckingham Palace said Tuesday she will follow her husband Prince Philip’s example and reduce her charitable work at the end of her 90th birthday year. He did the same when he turned 90 in 2011.

The palace stressed the queen will still be patron of more than 600 organizations.

The queen remains in apparent good health has reduced her traveling.

The palace said other members of the royal family will serve as patrons in cases where the queen is stepping down. The organizations affected include the Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, and the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Association.

Stepping down as patron of Wimbledon

The queen has been patron of the All England Club since 1952, and last made an appearance at the Wimbledon tournament in 2010.

Prince William’s wife, Kate, will replace the queen.

All England Club chairman Philip Brook says “we would like to thank Her Majesty for her long and unwavering service to the club and the championships during her time as our patron.”

Buckingham Palace said Tuesday the queen will step down from her role at more than 20 charities and organizations, including the Rugby Football Union, the Welsh Rugby Union, the Amateur Swimming Association, the Lawn Tennis Association, the Rugby Football League and the British Cycling Federation.

Prince Harry will become patron of the RFU.