Chief Patron

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What does "Chief Patron" mean in British English?

The full sentence is like this:

"Would you like to know the principal, perhaps only, advantage of being the Chief Patron of the English Bowling Association? My fellow patrons are frequently too old or too ill to meet."

Is it something like chairman or president of a club or just an honorary member?

Thanks in advance.
  • lingobingo

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    English - England
    Every large British charitable organisation has a panel of patrons, the most prestigious of whom may be called the Chief Patron. Typically, charity patrons are celebrities, entrepreneurs, politicians, other distinguished people in positions of power, and especially members of the aristocracy and the royal family. The role of a patron is to act as an ambassador for the organisation, which tends to involve attracting media coverage, attending fundraising events, providing financial support, etc. Patrons are not normally members or officials of the organisation.
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