The Kennel Club has announced that His Majesty the King will serve as its new Patron, succeeding Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, who held the position from 1952 until 2022.

Since its establishment in 1873, The Kennel Club has enjoyed the privilege of royal patronage. The tradition began when the Prince of Wales, Prince Edward, became its Patron. Upon ascending to the throne as King Edward VII in 1901, he initiated the custom of the reigning monarch serving as Patron of The Kennel Club, a tradition that has persisted ever since.

Tony Allcock OBE, Chairman of The Kennel Club, expressed delight at the continuation of royal support. He remarked, “We are delighted and most honoured that His Majesty the King will continue the tradition of royal support for The Kennel Club and help us in our mission in making a positive difference for dogs and their owners. As his mother before him, The King’s passion and affection for dogs is clear for all to see, and his support for our organisation’s work is greatly appreciated.”