The message, which can be viewed in full at http://www.tht.org.uk/our-charity/About-us/Our-history/A-message-from-the-Princes, speaks of the need for a renewed focus among their generation on the fight against HIV.
Sir Nick Partridge, Chief Executive of Terrence Higgins Trust, said: “We are incredibly honoured to have this message of support from Their Royal Highnesses. In the 30 years since Terry Higgins’ friends founded our charity we’ve achieved so much but the fight against HIV is far from over. It’s wonderful to see the princes inspiring their generation to take up the cause the way their mother inspired mine.”
Photographer John Swannell has donated a print of the young princes with their mother to Terrence Higgins Trust, which will be included as a lot at its 30th Anniversary Auction at Christie’s on 21st March 2013.
Terry Higgins died of an AIDS-related illness on 4th July 1982 at St Thomas’ Hospital, London. He was 37 years old. That same year, three of his closest friends founded the Terry Higgins Trust, using Terry’s name in the hope of humanising and personalising AIDS in a very public way. From that first meeting in a small flat in East London, Terrence Higgins Trust has grown to become the UK’s largest HIV and sexual health charity, with services across England, Scotland and Wales.