His Majesty King Charles III has become the new patron of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS), it has been announced.

The news marks the first anniversary of the Coronation of His Majesty and has been welcomed by the RPS which said it was ‘grateful to the Royal family for their ongoing support’.

The late Queen had been patron of the RPS from 1953 until her death in 2022. Her father, George VI, was also patron of RPS from 1937-1952.

President of RPS Professor Claire Anderson said: ‘We are hugely proud that His Majesty the King has chosen to be our patron, following in the footsteps of the late Queen and her father, George VI.

‘We are grateful to the Royal Family for their ongoing support.’

RPS chief executive Paul Bennett said: ‘It is an honour to have His Majesty the King as our new royal patron.

‘We look forward to continuing our work to highlight the vital contribution pharmacy teams make to patient care across Great Britain with the patronage of His Majesty.’