William and Harry Become Patrons of Their Late Friend's Charity

01/08/2009 at 12:30 PM EST

William and Harry Become Patrons of Their Late Friend's Charity
Princes William and Harry, and respective logos
Princes William and Harry are paying an emotional tribute to a late friend by becoming patrons of a charity established in his memory.

In a first for the princes, they have agreed to take on a joint role at a charity that raises funds for schools in Uganda.

The Henry Van Straubenzee Memorial Fund was named for a boy who died in a car crash in 2002 and whose family is very close to the House of Windsor.

Henry was a classmate at the Ludgrove prep school with Prince Harry, 24, while William, 26, is friends with Henry's older brother Tom.

The charity helps the school where Henry van Straubenzee was planning to work during a year off before university. Thanks to efforts by the princes and other friends, the organization has expanded to assist 11 schools in the African nation.

On Jan. 8, the princes will attend a reception to officially launch the charity and mark their patronage.

The occasion marks another milestone in the princes' working lives, coming just days after they announced the formal start of their new office, complete with "cyphers," or logos. (See photo above.)

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