Press release

13 April 2016

13 April 2016

Her Majesty The Queen has appointed Zeinab Badawi as a Trustee of Historic Royal Palaces, the independent charity responsible for the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, Kensington Palace, Kew Palace, Banqueting House and Hillsborough Castle in Northern Ireland. Her appointment is for an initial three year term from 1 April 2016.

Zeinab is a renowned broadcast journalist. She hosts BBC’s Hard Talk and Global Questions and World Debates on BBC World TV. Through her own production company she has made many programmes, including most recently an African history TV series in partnership with UNESCO. In 2009 she was named International TV Personality of the Year (Association for International Broadcasting), and was featured in Powerlist 2012 and 2015 (Britain’s top 100 influential members of the black community).

She is the current Chair of the Royal African Society, a patron of BBC Media Action (the charitable arm of the BBC), a Vice-President of the United Nations Association UK, and a board member of the African Union Foundation. She is also a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council. Zeinab was previously a trustee of the National Portrait Gallery and a board member of the British Council and the Centre for Contemporary British History.

Zeinab takes up her appointment at a busy and exciting time for Historic Royal Palaces. At Hampton Court Palace, the Magic Garden, an adventure play garden inspired by Tudor England has just opened, and a new exhibition, The Empress and The Gardener, will be unveiled on 28 April to mark the 300th anniversary of the birth of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. Banqueting House, the sole surviving part of Whitehall Palace, reopened on 1 April following extensive conservation work, enabling visitors to admire the magnificent Rubens ceiling once more. At Kensington Palace, the Fashion Rules Restyled exhibition was recently revealed, with new displays of dresses worn by Her Majesty The Queen, Princess Margaret and Diana, Princess of Wales. Meanwhile, at Hillsborough Castle, a major project to improve the visitor experience and open up the site for the widest possible audience is well underway.

“I am extremely pleased to welcome Zeinab Badawi to the Board of Trustees. Zeinab brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the Board, which will support the charity in realising its ambitions for the years ahead.”

Rupert Gavin, Chairman of Historic Royal Palaces

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Historic Royal Palaces

Established by Royal Charter in 1998, Historic Royal Palaces is the independent charity that looks after the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, Kensington Palace the Banqueting House, Kew Palace and Hillsborough Castle in Northern Ireland. With the exception of Hillsborough Castle, these palaces are owned by The Queen on behalf of the nation, and Historic Royal Palaces manages them for the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. Historic Royal Palaces cares for Hillsborough Castle under a separate contract with the Northern Ireland Office. Historic Royal Palaces raises all its own funds and depends on the support of our visitors, members, donors, sponsors and volunteers.

Historic Royal Palaces’ Cause is to help everyone explore the story of how monarchs and people have shaped society, in some of the greatest palaces ever built.

The charity has a turnover of around £90m, welcomes 4 million visitors to its sites every year, employs over 800 people, is supported by 200 regular volunteers and has around 85,000 Members.

Trustees of Historic Royal Palaces give their services on an honorary basis. Expenses incurred by them, in the performance of their duties, are reimbursed.