His Majesty King Charles III confirmed as the OA’s new patron.
His Majesty King Charles III confirmed as the OA's new patron.

We are delighted and honoured to announce that His Majesty King Charles III has been confirmed as our new patron.

The Officers’ Association (OABF) was founded in February 1920 and incorporated under Royal Charter on 30 June 1921. It has held Royal patronage since 1936 when His Majesty King George VI became its first patron, followed by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, for over 70 years, until her death on 8th September 2022.

The news of the Patronage was shared to mark the first anniversary of Their Majesties’ Coronation.

The King has a close affinity with the Armed Forces – coming from a family who have all served and having his own personal history of service within the British Military. King Charles joined the Armed Forces in 1971, completing an advanced flying course with the RAF, before joining the Royal Navy. He served in a number of ranks and holds honorary titles across the Navy, Army and RAF. King Charles became Commander in Chief of the British Armed Forces, following the death of his mother, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and now leads the nation in Remembrance at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday.

The Officers’ Association is deeply grateful to the King for his ongoing support as our Patron.

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