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The Prince's Charities is the name that has been given by HRH The Prince of Wales to a group of charities and other organisations in which he has a particular interest. Sometimes The Prince's Charities group is referred to as consisting of 19 charities and on other occasions 21, depending on whether The Prince's Charities Foundation & the British Asian Trust are included. The Prince's Charities group also includes six organisations and is sometimes referred to as “a multi-cause charitable enterprise”.

Most of the charities are independent of each other and all are run by their own boards who are responsible for the charities. The Prince of Wales is President of all the charities and founded 17 of them, but as President he is a figurehead and public face for the charities involved and has no legal responsibility.

The Development of The Prince's Charities Group

During 2003/4 a small Charities Office was set up in the Office of the Prince of Wales. In 2004 Sir Tom Shebbeare took up the new position of Director of Charities to HRH the Prince of Wales, with particular responsibility for the development and good governance of the 16 operational charities in which HRH had a particular interest.

By 2005 the group of 16 charities had been given a new identity, “The Prince’s Charities” and the Charities Office had developed new policies and procedures for the group.

By 2007/8 the Charities Office at Clarence Housemarker employed the full time equivalent of 8.5 staff, with more staff being recruited. The costs of the Charities Office are paid for by The Prince's Charities Foundation.

In 2008 the aim of The Prince’s Charities was said to be “to improve the overall effectiveness of the group, building on shared strengths to ensure their long term success and sustainability”.

Charities in the Prince's Charities Group

The charities in the Prince's Charities group, are often grouped according to the areas of charitable activity that they are involved with.

Opportunity and Enterprise



The Built Environment

Responsible Business and the Natural Environment

  • Business in the Community
  • Scottish Business in the Community
  • The Prince of Wales International Business Leaders Forum
  • The Prince of Wales's Business & The Environment Programme
  • In Kind Direct
  • Arts & Business


Organisations in the Prince's Charities Group

Subsidiary Companies of The Prince's Charities Foundation

Duchy Originals Ltd, the Prince's Charities Events, and Traditional Arts Ltd, are all wholly owned subsidiary companies of The Prince's Charities Foundation.

The Highgrove Shop

The Highgrove Shop is part of the A.G. Carrick company which is also a subsidiary company of The Prince's Charities Foundation.

Other organisations

  • North Highland Initiative
  • Turquoise Mountain Arts


  1. Guardian Society Jobs Vacancies The Prince's Charities, "The Guardian", 9 July 2008

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