HRH The Prince of Wales

Patron of the Landmark Trust

HRH The Prince of Wales became our Patron in 1993 and an Honorary Pioneer in 2016. We are incredibly grateful for The Prince's longstanding and dedicated support of our charity.

"The best and most durable ideas tend to be simple. Few organisations have proved this more effectively the Landmark Trust, now celebrating its half century. The founding notion that extraordinary buildings could be saved for future generations and supported by the people who stay in them was truly original. 

The Landmark Trust’s approach to building conservation and re-use accords closely with my own belief that for historic buildings to prosper they need to be both economically productive and socially useful. I am particularly pleased that in recent times the Landmark Trust has expanded its training programmes and, through a collaboration with my Foundation for Building Community, is now helping apprentices learn their trades from Landmark’s own skilled craftspeople.

As Patron, I have always been a great supporter of the invaluable work carried out by The Landmark Trust."

HRH The Prince of Wales, 2014

extract taken from the foreward to the 25th edition of the Landmark Trust Handbook

 

  • HRH The Prince of Wales returned to Llwyn Celyn in July 2018 to celebrate the craftsmanship involved in its restoration. The Prince admired the fine medieval features, now carefully revealed and restored to former glory, and met representatives from our contractors including joiners, masons and apprentices.

  • HRH The Prince of Wales invited us to attend his 70th Birthday in the gardens of Buckingham Palace, along with representatives from his other Patronages, Charities and Military affiliations. A group of Landmark staff were delighted to celebrate the occasion and travelled from Jersey, Lundy and the Scottish Highlands.

  • HRH The Prince of Wales generously hosted an event for our supporters, at which we announced our plans to target five categories of particularly at-risk building types. We were thrilled that he accepted our invitation to become an Honorary Landmark Pioneer.

  • On 18 June 2015, the Bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo, Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall attended the Opening Ceremony of the restored Hougoumont Farm. During the course of the official events, Their Royal Highnesses called in for tea at our apartment on the site.

  • HRH The Prince of Wales visited Llwyn Celyn in July 2014, when the house was on the brink of ruination. While touring the site he expressed his hope to return to see the restored building during his 70th birthday year.

  • HRH The Prince of Wales was invited to visit Maesyronnen Chapel near Hay-on-Wye,  the oldest surviving purpose-built reformist chapel in Wales. After visiting the Chapel, The Prince toured the small cottage built at one end of Chapel in the 19th century for a caretaker – which is now a Landmark.  

  • HRH The Prince of Wales arrived by helicopter in Ramsgate to visit our then-restoration project, Augustus Pugin’s family home The Grange. He toured the site, heard about our plans for the transformation and met craftsmen at work. 

  • HRH The Prince of Wales met Landmarkers holidaying in newly-restored Dolbelydr in Denbighshire. He chatted to the guests and Landmark staff over cups of tea, after which The Prince planted a commemorative tree to mark the occasion.