Kate’s Honorary Patronages
As part of her Royal Duties, Catherine Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, has accepted responsibility for four honorary charity patronages in sectors that include health, addiction, the arts and the development of children and young people.
Catherine’s patronages, which were announced in January 2012, include Action on Addiction, East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH), The Art Room and the National Portrait Gallery in London. The Duchess will also volunteer for the Scout Association.
The Duchess has selected organisations that complement the work of her husband Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and which reflect those causes closest to her heart.
Action on Addiction operates nationally and has a number of centres throughout England. The organisation provides help to individuals suffering from addiction, and offers support to their families. The charity is also responsible for delivering education to professionals involved in the treatment and prevention of addiction. Catherine Middleton is now officially a Patron of the organisation.
The EACH organisation has hospices in Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk. The charity provides care and support to children and young people suffering from life-threatening conditions, and offers support to their families. Catherine Middleton is now officially a Royal Patron of the organisation.
The Art Room is a charity working in Oxford and London. The organisation aims to help children with emotional and behavioural difficulties to increase their self-esteem and communication abilities through art. Young people suffering from illnesses such as Asperger’s syndrome are amongst those who are helped by the project. Catherine Middleton is now officially a Royal Patron of the organisation.
The National Portrait Gallery is located in central London and is recognised as housing one of the most important collections in the world. Catherine Middleton is the Honorary Patron.
The Scout Association provides personal development opportunities for young people across the UK. Catherine joins the 100,000 active volunteers involved in the organisation. The Queen is the Patron of the Scout Association.
The Duchess of Cambridge has been a patron of The Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry since September 2011. The Princes’ foundation, which received charitable status in 2009, focuses mainly on young people, sustainable development and the Armed Forces.
Image: The Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to Alder Hey Hospital, Liverpool on Tuesday 14 February 2012. Photo credit: Colin Lane/Liverpool Echo/PA Wire