Prince Harry to become the patron of the Rugby Football League

His Royal Highness Prince Harry has been appointed as the new patron of the Rugby Football League.

Prince Harry has taken up the role after his grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen, stepped down from the role after decades of service.

The Queen last attended a Challenge Cup final in 1967 when Featherstone Rovers beat Barrow 17-12. The Queen will step down as patron of 24 other national organisations at the end of her 90th birthday year, including the RFU.

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 the sport and we are delighted to announce that he is to become the new patron for the Rugby Football League.”