Our patron

We are privileged that His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales is Patron of Holocaust Memorial Day Trust (HMDT).

Our patron

The Prince succeeded Her Majesty The Queen, who was Patron of HMDT from our inception in 2005 until 2015.

The Prince, accompanied by Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall, attended the official Holocaust Memorial Day UK Commemorative Ceremony in 2015, marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Speaking at the ceremony, His Royal Highness said: ‘The Holocaust is an unparalleled human tragedy and an act of evil unique in history and it is for these reasons that we must always remember it and honour its Jewish victims and the Nazis’ other victims.

…The memory of this suffering and the unspeakable, yet almost incredible, details of the Nazis’ diabolical enterprise can help future generations, wherever they may be, understand not just what happened across Europe, but how this came to happen.’

For HMD 2017, The Prince hosted a reception at St James’s Palace to honour survivors of the Holocaust, Nazi Persecution and the genocides which followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. You can read more about this special event here

Image: Nachmi Barsam and His Royal Highness at a special reception for survivors at St James’s Palace.