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Prince Charles announced as first Canal & River Trust patron

His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales has been announced as the first patron of the Canal & River Trust – the new body being set up to care for the historic canals and rivers of England and Wales.

‘As a passionate advocate for British heritage, nature, communities and tourism, the Prince will be an important voice of support,’ the Trust announced on Thursday (29th March).


‘The Prince’s patronage is further testimony to the wide-ranging support the Canal & River Trust has already received, and another important milestone in building support and credibility of the Trust in the lead up to its launch.’

The Trust – which held its first Council Meeting on Wednesday – will become responsible to England and Wales’s waterways later this year, taking over from British Waterways.

A definite date has yet to be announced for the launch of the Trust, but Parliamentary approval is expected to allow for a late June or early July launch.

To find out more about the Canal & River Trust, visit