KING Charles is set to retain his royal patronage of The Glasgow School of Art (GSA).

Buckingham Palace confirmed that: “His Majesty would be delighted to retain the patronage'.

It follows a review of the patronages of the late Queen and the former Prince of Wales including those he held in Scotland as The Duke of Rothesay.

In a statement the Palace added: "This continues the extensive and much-appreciated relationship that the School has enjoyed with His Majesty, as Duke of Rothesay, since he first offered his patronage to the School in the early 2000’s."

King Charles visited The GSA in June 2015, just over a year after the first fire caused extensive damage to the Charles Rennie Mackintosh building.

Another serious blaze gutted the building for a second time four years later as it was nearing the end of the £35 million renovation.

A Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) investigation was unable to establish how the 2018 blaze started and recorded the origin and cause as “undetermined”.

Plans to restore the art nouveau masterpiece are now not expected to be completed in the next decade amid a bitter row with insurers.

Professor Penny Macbeth, director of GSA, said: “His Majesty has over many years shown a deep interest in the work of the school.

"We are delighted that he will continue to be patron."

The GSA is now entering into arbitration with its insurers and a fresh business case is being put together with all rebuild targets discarded.

The Scottish Government has said it is "carefully considering" the case for a public inquiry into the twin fires.