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Patron and Twelfth Man

HRH The Duke of Edinburgh KG KT

The Duke of Edinburgh, a big cricket fan, has been Patron and Twelfth Man of the Lord’s Taverners since 1950, the same year the charity was founded. Along with his ongoing support of the charity at fundraising events and playing for the Taverners XI, he was also instrumental in introducing the Lord's Taverners ECB Trophy, which is presented annually to the cricket county champions. The trophy was introduced in 1973, with the Duke having recognised that until that time, the champions had never received a physical trophy - so he decided to introduce one.

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President

Sir Trevor McDonald

Sir Trevor McDonald became the 39th Lord's Taverners President in 2018, succeeding Sir Michael Parkinson in the role. Sir Trevor began his broadcasting career in the 1960s as a producer and journalist and has been a regular on TV screens ever since. He was knighted in 1999 for services to journalism.

Lord's Taverners Past Presidents

1950 - 1951 - John Mills CBE
1952 - John Snagge OBE
1953 - Martin Boddey
1954 - Jack Hawkins CBE
1955 - Major A Huskisson OBC MC
1956 - Tommy Trinder CBE
1957 - Stephen Mitchell TD
1958 - Sir John Barbirolli
1959 - Sir Ian Jacob GBE CB
1960 - 1961 - HRH The Duke of Edinburgh KG KT
1962 - The Rt Hon Sir Robert Menzies KT CH OC
1963 - Richard Hearne
1964 - John Snagge OBE
1965 - Sir Edward Lewis
1966 - Ronald Waldman
1967 - 1968 - Sir Harry Secombe
1969 - The Rt Hon Lord Luke of Pavenham TD DL JP
1970 - Brian Rix CBE
1971 - Martin Boddey
1972 - Victor Silvester
1973 - Jimmy Edwards DFC MA
1974 - Alfred Gover
1975 - 1976 - HRH The Prince of Wales KG
1977 - 1979 - Eric Morecambe OBE
1980 - 1981 - Sir Harry Secombe CBE
1982 - Ronnie Corbett OBE
1983 - 1984 - Sir Terry Wogan
1985 - 1986 - Sir David Frost
1988 - 1990 - Sir Tim Rice
1991 - 1992 - Leslie Crowther CBE
1993 - 1994 - HRH The Prince Edward CVO
1995 - 1997 - Lord Cowdrey of Tonbridge CBE
1998 - 1999 - Nicholas Parsons
2000 - Sir Tim Rice
2001 - 2002 - Robert Powell
2003 - Richard Stilgoe OBE DL
2004 - 2006 - Mike Gatting OBE
2007 - 2008 - Bill Tidy MBE
2009 - 2010 - Chris Tarrant OBE
2011 - 2012 - Barry Norman CBE
2012 - 2015 - Chris Cowdrey
2015 - 2018 - Sir Michael Parkinson
2018 to date - Sir Trevor McDonald

Lady Taverners Past Presidents

Founder - Joan Morecambe
President Emeritus - Judith Chalmers OBE
2001 - Rachel Heyhoe Flint OBE DL
2011 - 2016 - Angela Rippon CBE
2016 - 2018 - Lesley Garrett CBE
2018 to date - Debbie McGee

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Lady Taverners President

Debbie McGee

As one of the UK’s best-loved entertainers, Debbie has been on our TV screens for more than four decades performing with magician Paul Daniels on his popular BBC show that ran for 15 years and regularly attracted audiences of 15 million. The duo married in 1988 and the trailblazing Debbie went on to become one of the first female members of The Magic Circle three years later and in 2017, was honoured by the organisation for ‘services to British magic’. In recent years Debbie has been a regular on TV in shows such as Strictly Come Dancing and, she also presents her own radio show.

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