Friday, 19 April 2013

Three New Patronages For Kate, Following in Diana's Footsteps + Named One of Time Magazine's Most Influential People

St James's Palace has officially announced three new patronages for the Duchess of Cambridge. Following a series of private visits Kate has decided to lend her patronage to Place2Be, The National History Museum and SportsAid. The Duchess' choices reflect her personal interests in supporting children and young people to build their skills confidence and aspirations bringing her total number of patronages to seven. In January 2012 she became patron to East Anglia's Children's HospicesAction On AddictionThe Art Room and the National Portrait Gallery.

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Since William and Kate's romance became public knowledge there has been endless comparison to William's late mother, Princess Diana. Kate is now patron of The Natural History Museum in London, a role whose previous incumbent was the Princess of Wales. Diana was patron of the Museum until 1993, when she gave up the majority of her posts following her divorce from Prince Charles.

More from The Telegraph story:

'The fact that the Duchess has for the first time accepted an invitation to succeed the Princess reflects her growing confidence that she has established herself as a member of the Royal family in her own right, to the extent that she no longer feels awkward about comparisons with the "People's Princess".'

As many of you may recall the Duchess opened The Treasures Gallery last November at the museum where she recalled fond memories of childhood visits with her patents. Prince William has also spoken about being taken to the museum by his mother and immensely enjoying his visits.

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Following Kate's visit she was approached and agreed to be its figurehead because of her interest in conservation. The museum's director Dr Michael Dixon said:

'When she was here last November it was clear to me how much she shares our passion for understanding and maintaining the diversity of our planet.
I very much look forward to involving her more in our work and hope she may join us in inspiring the next generation.'

The Natural History Museum is home to the world's largest and most important natural history collection, with over 70 million specimens. Ranging in age from the origins of the solar system billions of years ago to the   present day, the museum's collections offer a window to both the past and the future. The Museum is renowned as an award winning tourist attraction that welcomes 5 million visitors annually. If any of you are visiting London this year do stop by, it's a fascinating, educational place to visit.

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Place2Be is a national charity providing emotional support to children in schools. A spokesman for St James's Palace said that it was through her work with Action on Addiction, that the Duchess became interested in the charity rather than any personal experience of bullying (Kate reportedly left Downe House School after two terms because of bullying, moving on to board at Marlborough College). The Duchess' inspiration for choosing the charity came from her belief in increased understanding of the need to intervene early with children.

Place2Be

Bullying is a massively prevalent problem in schools with children often feeling too frightened or intimidated to  tell their parents or teachers about it. It can often leave the child feeling isolated and alone, having a considerable impact on one's mental health.

The charity works with 175 schools in some of the most deprived areas of the country, helping children aged 4 to 14 to cope with not only bullying but bereavement, neglect, violence, family breakdown and other issues. Through their help and intervention the charity aims to steer children away from the downward spiral that can lead to addiction and mental health problems.

Place2Be

One can read a selection of the children's stories on the website. One I found particularly interesting was ten year old Macy's:

'Macy a 10 year old girl referred to Place2Be was described by teaching staff as a very quiet, sad, withdrawn little girl, almost lacking emotion. Place2Be's school manager met with her parents to gain information regarding Macy's past and current experiences.
 It was apparent that Macy was struggling to cope with her parent's separation. The separation had been very visible to the children and their father had verbally blamed the children for not seeing them. This was very difficult for Macy to comprehend, so she potentially carried this blame and withdrew from her classmates.
 Macy is beginning to explore her confused feelings toward her dad through the art making process, often depicting devils. She also regularly uses fantasy sessions as a way of coping.
 Macy is now much more settled and has made a friend in her class.'

On Tuesday Kate will have the opportunity to see the charity's work for herself when she visits The Willows Primary School in Manchester to launch a new counselling programme partly funded by the Royal Foundation.

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Kate was inspired to become patron of SportsAid after her role as London 2012 ambassador during the Olympics last summer. The organisation helps teenage able-bodied and disabled athletes to fulfil their potential by funding their training and the cost of travelling to competitions.

SportsAid

The charity's chief executive Tim Lawlor shared his excitement via the charity's website:

'This is fantastic news for young sports people throughout the UK and especially for those who hope one day to represent the country at the highest level of sport.
 I can think of no greater endorsement than for me to be able to be able to welcome HRH as the charity's patron. As a champion of future champions she will make a big difference to young athletes, helping them to tell their inspirational stories and maintain the support they need.'

Among SportsAid's alumni are many of the UK's most successful athletes - including Jessica Ennis, Sir Chris Hoy and Sir Steve Redgrave.

SportsAid

Three stellar choices for the Duchess in my opinion. I think she will do a fantastic job of raising awareness for these charities. What are your thoughts? Over the coming months Kate will undertake both private and public visits across the UK to these organisations.

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In other news, the Duchess has been named as one of TIME Magazine's 100 most influential people. The Duchess is the only member of the Royal Family to make the list and was described by the magazine as "dignified, dutiful and unflappable". You can read more Here (with many thanks to our lovely reader MariBy).

New photos of Kate shopping with Carole are expected to emerge at some point tonight.

31 comments:

  1. I love this blog!

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    1. Thank you, delighted to hear that :)

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  2. I love that Kate has again chosen a lesser known charity - Place2Be. I always feel it is these smaller charities, like her previous choices of EACH and the Art Room, who really need the raised awareness and support that someone like Kate will bring. I really hope she continues to choose these kind of charities for her patronages in future. Annie, UK

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  3. A great post - love the detail on the 3 new patronages.

    For those looking for a shortcut to Kate's write-up in Time magazine it is here: http://time100.time.com/2013/04/18/time-100/slide/kate-middleton/

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  4. Katharina, Vienna19 April 2013 at 12:18

    Love your blog and your style of writing :) you are so always so fast!

    Just saw new shopping candids on german television from Kate with mother Carole. They were in Blue Almonds and bought a white basket (?) for the baby.
    Pictures are according to the report from yesterday. I follow you and other Kate-lovers and reporters on Twitter and nobody spoke about that photos. So I'm a little bit confused about that. Don't you post such candids anymore?

    Lovely Greetings from Vienna, have a nice Weekend

    (Sorry for my English, but I'm doing my best ;) )

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    1. Hi Katharine,

      Do you have a link to any German website with them? I haven't heard about them or seen them yet.

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    2. Katharina, Vienna19 April 2013 at 19:59

      I searched for it on the web, but unfortunately I couldn't find it :( I'm sorry, but I think you will see them in a few hours or tomorrow ;) Her bump is growing and growing :))

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  5. Well i been seeing the duchess will be going to support all her causes yes i never seen the german news links

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  6. This is truly the Best Duchess of Cambridge Blog on the Internet Charlotte!

    You and Kate are the Best!

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    1. That's so kind of you Kc, thank you :)

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  7. Pauline Oak Hills19 April 2013 at 17:35

    Charlotte another great post for us Duchess fans. I do have to say you are the best. I can't wait to get up in the mornings to check the blog to see what is new with our Ducehss & her Prince. And then during the day I come back several times to read all the comments from all of the friends I have made on this blog because of you Charlotte. You give us an outlet to come together and sure our thoughts on this beautiful woman & her very handsome Prince.

    The new charities the Duchess has decided to support are wonderful ones. They will benefit from her support. I did read where it was said (true or not) that the Duchess plans on focusing on a few charities and not a large number like the queen mother (about 800) and the queen (about 600)that way she can do more for them. That makes sense because she also supports Williams charities too. Now I hope this will quite down the people who do not think the Duchess does enough.

    Now we can sit back and wait until sunday the 21st to see our beautiful Duchess with the Queen. Until then let's keep the injuried people form Boston & Texas in our thoughts and prayers.

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  8. Kate is following in Diana's footsteps? You've got to be kidding with that one, Charlotte.

    Frankly, I think it does Kate a great disservice to be compared to Diana everywhere she goes. She's no Diana and never will be. Comparing her to Diana does not give her a chance to be who she is, which is something I'd like to see one day.

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    1. I'm certainly not comparing Kate to Diana everywhere she goes. She is succeeding Diana as patron of the Natural History Museum and that's something people are interested in.

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    2. bluhare do you have to be so negative and nasty all the time

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    3. Pauline Oak Hills20 April 2013 at 01:07

      Bluhare why don't you go to the blogs that hate the Duchess. YOU are one that hates her and there is nothing anyone can say without you being nasty. And how dare you be nasty to Ms. Charlotte. If you don;t like what she writes then do not visit this great blog anymore.

      You never have anyting nice to say.

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  9. Great news!
    Place2be seems to be a fantastic charity, great job with children in need, that is so important.
    Have a wonderful weekend, dear Charlotte and all DK readers. :)
    Hugs from Portugal
    Z.

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  10. Thanks Charlotte! You are so fast with your posts. I enjoy reading them.

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  11. Jean from Lancs.19 April 2013 at 18:54

    She chooses little known charities for her patronage, but ones that really reflect what we know to be her real interests. They also dovetail with William's charities and Harry's too.
    Choosing them cannot be easy, because they are so little known and must be thoroughly researched and also has to ensure that no other royal is involved with them.
    The Natural History Museum (and indeed the National Portrait Gallery) are rather different, but I do think it is interesting that she has followed Princess Diana at the natural History Museum---that takes confidence.
    Thanks again Charlotte for the report--but do you ever sleep? You seem to be on this all hours!
    Looking forward to Sunday.

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    1. Not very much Jean :)

      I'll have another post within a few hours, new photos of Kate!

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    2. Pauline Oak Hills20 April 2013 at 01:09

      Charlotte I hope you get enough rest. We need to you be well so you can continue to bring us this great blog. So please take care of yourself my friend. Remeber we have a baby coming....lol

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    3. Sarah from Calif20 April 2013 at 01:11

      Oh my goodness, I'm watching live news of terrible events (Boston Bombers) someone has been shot. everyone is talking all over the world.
      Okay World, no wonder everyone loves a Pretty Princess and her Prince !
      Charlotte no need to post this I'm just talking to myself, you and Duchess friends.You Charlotte and folks here are a special part of my world :)
      Hugs and kisses to you and all. How does one talk to you email wise? I just don't want to overwelm you? Hugs :)

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    4. I'm watching it all live right now Sarah. I just hope and pray they apprehend the suspect without anyone else getting hurt. What a dreadful time it's been for the people of Boston. The marathon, the police officer getting shot, lockdown in their own homes. It's truly awful.

      Feel free to discuss it everyone, I know so many of you are from the US and this is a very frightening time for many.

      My email, twitter and FB are all here Sarah http://hrhduchesskate.blogspot.ie/p/aboutcontact_5.html

      Sending you hugs!

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    5. Sarah from Calif20 April 2013 at 01:59

      Wow I just posted and deleted. No wonder why. Yes he has been caught, all as you and I were watching . Thank you. ! Charlotte really your support has been so helpful. I said so much before I deleted, I am overwhelmed. To all in Boston huggggs. So painful all of this. Hugs hugs to you Charlotte, you and bloggers are a special part in my life.
      TTUL

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    6. Pauline Oak HIlls20 April 2013 at 02:40

      They got the 2nd suspect in the bombing. He is hurt but he is alive. Great work by all police, FBI and all the other law enforcement officers involved. Now all those hurt, killed and their families can start to heal.

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  12. Colleen Paige, New York20 April 2013 at 00:51

    Thanks for the great update! I look forward to seeing Catherine as she blossoms. She has been hidden underneath coats! :)

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  13. Another excellent post, Charlotte! And what lovely choices the Duchess made for her next three patronages. I've read that Kate is referred to as the "Children's Princess", and that's definitely an apt title for her!

    I echo others in saying that your blog has always been a bright spot in my day, but especially in the last week with the tragic events in TX and Boston. Thanks for shining a light, dear Charlotte!

    I also just read that Kate will be moving in with her parents after the baby is born, as the new Kensington Palace apartment isn't ready yet. Have you heard anything like that?

    Wishing you, and all the DK readers, a restful, peace-filled weekend! Looking forward to all of Kate's upcoming appearances, and Charlotte's marvelous recaps!!

    Julie

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    1. Hello Julie, The DM claim it's an exclusive but the Palace said no concrete plans have been made yet. I just published another post and wrote about it there :)

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    2. I actually saw it on Twitter...thought it was a different source. (I don't think the DM has any reliability!)

      Thanks!

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  14. Kate, Texas, USA20 April 2013 at 16:53

    I think Kate will do a FABULOUS job with her new patronages!!!! All are such worthy causes and no doubt she will draw much attention and be a great asset to all three. She really has a kind and compassionate heart and you can see that in her choice of charities. :)

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  15. Robin Indiana USA
    Thank you Charlotte for this wonderful blog and thinking of us here in the States. It has been a horrible week with the events in Boston and then in West Texas. When events happen like this I feel the whole world comes together. To my US friends I pray for you and our wonderful country! As for Kate's selection, I love all 3. They are small but I am sure Kate does her homework and background check befoe she commits to the charity. They all excerpt 1 involves children and that truly where her compassion is. She is so warm and caring children love her. I don't see her having 600 charities like Queen Elizabeth II, Kate is well on her way to becoming a wonderful Queen one day. She will never be a Diana and it is unfair to Kate to compare the two. I am looking forward to their second anniversary. Sending much love and hugs Robin

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  16. Robin Indiana USA
    Thank you Charlotte for this wonderful blog and thinking of us here in the States. It has been a horrible week with the events in Boston and then in West Texas. When events happen like this I feel the whole world comes together. To my US friends I pray for you and our wonderful country! As for Kate's selection, I love all 3. They are small but I am sure Kate does her homework and background check befoe she commits to the charity. They all excerpt 1 involves children and that truly where her compassion is. She is so warm and caring children love her. I don't see her having 600 charities like Queen Elizabeth II, Kate is well on her way to becoming a wonderful Queen one day. She will never be a Diana and it is unfair to Kate to compare the two. I am looking forward to their second anniversary. Sending much love and hugs Robin

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