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King Charles III announced as Royal Patron of the Marine Biological Association

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King Charles III has accepted the Patronage of the Marine Biological Association (MBA).

To mark the first anniversary of Their Majesties’ Coronation and following the thorough analysis of over one thousand organisations, the MBA was chosen as one of the recipients of this prestigious appointment.

Since 1884 the MBA has been honoured with five Royal Patrons, including the late HRH The Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip from 1953 to 2021, who was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the MBA in 2014.

In 2013, the MBA was granted a Royal Charter at the Court at Buckingham Palace in recognition of its long and eminent history, and its status within the field of marine biology.

His Majesty has strong ties with the South West and in 1971 completed Royal Navy training at the Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth.

This year the MBA is celebrating its incredible 140-year anniversary. Since its establishment in 1884, the MBA has been at the forefront of marine science research, education, and conservation.

This prestigious appointment highlights His Majesty’s deep appreciation of conservation efforts and the importance of advancing scientific knowledge and protecting marine ecosystems.

MBA Chief Executive Professor Willie Wilson said:

“It is truly an honour to continue the MBA royal patronage with King Charles III, our 5th Royal Patron since HRH The Prince of Wales, Edward VII in 1884, a perfect 140th birthday present from Buckingham Palace. His Majesty’s commitment to marine conservation, sustainability and research will undoubtedly propel our understanding of the ocean to new depths. Long may his support continue to inspire generations of scientists and stewards of our blue planet.”