Our Queen, our Patron


12th September 2022

The end of an era: a message from our Chief Executive

We at CPRE, the countryside charity, are deeply saddened to learn of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. We were honoured to have her as our patron throughout her long reign and today marks the end of an era for us all. 

As CPRE chief executive I sent condolences on behalf of CPRE to the Royal Family and support to our new King. 

As our patron, the Queen showed her love for the countryside for many years, helping CPRE celebrate its 80th birthday and other significant occasions and providing hugely valued support.

Since she became our patron 70 years ago, Her Majesty took a keen interest in our work, sending regular messages of encouragement. Most memorably, hosting CPRE anniversary events at Windsor Great Park in 2001, and St James’s Palace, in 1976 and 2006. On each occasion, she was keen to spend as much time as possible chatting to our volunteers about their local countryside.

CPRE is very grateful for the commitment Her Majesty gave us, which will be long remembered and honoured by both the national charity and our network of local groups.We are all mourning someone who has been so much part of the life of the nation that it is hard to imagine public life without her steadying hand and reassuring voice.

We should all pause to remember the huge contribution the Queen has made to the nation, to our countryside and to all the important causes she has supported over her many decades as monarch. It is the end of an era for the country and for CPRE – and one we are truly grateful to have been a part of. 

With best wishes,

Crispin Truman
Chief Executive | CPRE The countryside charity