Prince Harry to take over from The Queen as patron of RFU and RFL
Prince Harry is to take over from The Queen as patron of both the Rugby Football Union and the Rugby Football League.
The Queen, who celebrated her 90th birthday in April, will relinquish her association with more than 20 national organisations at the end of the year.
The Queen has held the RFU role since 1952 after taking it on from her father, King George VI, following his death, while Prince Harry has been the vice-patron since 2010.
"It has been a privilege and an honour to have The Queen as Patron of the RFU for over 60 years," RFU president Peter Baines said.
"She has been a fantastic supporter of the union and we thank her for that and her contribution to the game of rugby in England.
"We welcome Prince Harry as our new Patron. He has been vice-patron for a number of years already and a regular at England Tests at Twickenham."
Prince Harry will also take over as patron of the RFL.
RFL chairman Brian Barwick said: "The RFL has been honoured to have had Her Majesty The Queen as its patron and on behalf of the organisation I would like to thank Her Majesty for the support she has given this sport.
"I would also like to welcome Prince Harry as the new patron of the organisation. We are aware that he is a big fan of sport and we are delighted to announce that he is to become the new patron for the Rugby Football League."
Meanwhile, the Duke of Cambridge is to replace The Queen as patron of the Welsh Rugby Union. The Duke has been vice-patron of the WRU for nine years.