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April 24, 2009

His Royal Highness The Duke of York visits SickKids

His Royal Highness The Duke of York, Royal Patron of SickKids Foundation, visited SickKids today, ahead of his appearance at tomorrow evening’s Brazilian Carnival Ball in support of SickKids Foundation.

HRH The Duke of York arrived at SickKids shortly after noon, where he was greeted by representatives of SickKids and SickKids Foundation. It was his first visit to SickKids as Royal Patron of SickKids Foundation. He attended a private working lunch and was given a brief tour of SickKids by Mary Jo Haddad, SickKids President and CEO.

During his visit, HRH The Duke of York learned about the clinical, research and learning initiatives currently underway at SickKids, and about the significance of philanthropy to the Hospital. 

He also stopped by Marnie’s Lounge to chat with patients and families and paid a visit to the state-of-the-art cryomicroscopy (cryo-EM) facility, where he tried our cryo-EM microscope and met children from our Kids Science Program.

HRH The Duke of York is the second son and the third child of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Named Andrew Albert Christian Edward, he was known as Prince Andrew until his marriage, when he was created The Duke of York, Earl of Inverness and Baron Killyleagh.

HRH The Duke of York has many interests, but children remain at the heart of his philanthropic and patronage activities. In particular, he is passionate about enabling youth to fulfil their potential, and a significant aspect of this is giving them the best resources to a healthy life. He has been the Royal Patron of SickKids in Foundation since 2007. This prestigious affiliation with the Royal family is an important reflection of the global significance and prominent role of SickKids in advancing children’s health.

The Brazilian Carnival Ball is Canada’s pre-eminent charity gala. More than $53 million net has been raised over the years to support crucial initiatives in health care, research, culture and education.