The Prince of Wales surrounded by the Spring 2015 QEST Scholars and Apprentices at a Reception at Clarence House. (Photography by Paul Burns)
QEST, the Charity of the Royal Warrant Holders Association, was founded in 1990 to celebrate the 90th birthday of HM Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother and the 150th anniversary of the Royal Warrant Holders Association. In 2016 HM Queen Elizabeth II agreed to become Patron of QEST during her 90th birthday year.
Chairman of QEST, Nick Crean, says, “We are honoured that the Prince of Wales, a longstanding advocate of the importance of heritage skills and craftsmanship, has agreed to become Patron of QEST. His Royal Highness’s commitment to transforming lives through his charitable interests, particularly youth opportunity and education, is well known and respected. Becoming our new Patron underlines the importance of QEST’s work in supporting the nation’s craft industry which contributes £4 billion a year to the economy. By promoting and supporting excellence, opportunity and creativity in traditional, endangered and contemporary crafts, QEST helps to champion and nurture the skills which sustain Britain’s cultural heritage.’
QEST supports the education and training of talented and aspiring craftspeople through its Scholarship and Apprenticeship Schemes, Since1990, QEST has supported more than 400 craftspeople of all ages and backgrounds in over 130 skills. Many of these skills were on display during the recent successful London Craft Week which brought together organisations and makers in a celebration of craft.
QEST continues to go from strength to strength and has just announced another 20 new Scholarships for 2017, who, with the 2016 Apprentices, will be showcasing their extraordinary talent at the Annual Luncheon of the Royal Warrant Holders Association and QEST on 6 June at the London Hilton Park Lane, where the guest speaker will be one of QEST’s Vice Patrons, the Marquess of Salisbury.
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