Monday, 9 February 2015

Duchess Kate - Official Patronages

The younger Royals tend to hold few patronages; this allows them to work more closely and to get directly involved with these organizations. This differs greatly from the older generations that hold hundreds of patronages at one time.  (The Queen 600+, Prince Phillip 700+, etc.)

Patronages are not for a lifetime, but a set amount of time (for an appeal, 3 years, 5 years, etc). Patronages are reviewed after that set period and often renewed. 

This list is only of current patronages:

The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke & Duchess of Sussex
Patron (2011-present)

The Royal Foundation was created in 2009 to foster collaboration between Prince William & Prince Harry's Patronages. Duchess Kate was added in 2011. And Duchess Meghan was added in 2018. 

The Royal Foundation allows them to give charitable grants and support projects of particular interest to them (e.g. The Invictus Games). The Royal Foundation focuses on five areas, Armed Forces, Young People, Conservation,Mental Health and Women & Girls.

Action on Addiction
Patron (January 2012 - Present)

Action on Addiction was one of Kate's first patronages. The charity has treatment and rehabilitation facilities across England, and also provides support to the families and children of those with addiction.  Action on Addiction also does work in the area of prevention, education, research, workforce development and advocacy. 

The charity was formed in 2007, with the merger of three addiction charities Action on Addiction, the Chemical Dependency Centre, and Clouds. Sarah, Duchess of York was previously Patron of the Chemical Dependency Centre (?-?). 

East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH)
Royal Patron (January 2012  - Present)

EACH was one of Kate's first patronages. The charity provides care and support (both physical, emotional, social & spiritual) for children with life-threatening conditions in Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk. It also provides support & relief for their families. EACH currently has three hospices in Ipswich (The Treehouse), Milton and Quidenham.

The Nook Appeal is to raise money for a new Hospice (The Nook) in Norfolk.
Patron (January 2012 - Present)

The National Portrait Gallery was one of Kate's first patronages. The National Portrait Gallery holds the most extensive collection of portraits in the world. Kate's work as patron is to support the Gallery as well as to promote an appreciation of portraiture and support the organization's education and outreach programs.

100 Women in Finance (London Branch)'s Philanthropic Initiatives 

Joint Patron (January 2013 - Present)

100 Women in Finance is a professional association for women in finance and alternative investment industries, with locations around the world. The association focuses on professional development, networking, education and charity work.

In 2010, William became Patron of the London Branch's charity initiatives for an initial 3 years. In 2013, the Patronage was renewed for another 3 years with Kate and Harry joining William as joint patrons. In 2016, the Joint Patronage was renewed again for an unspecified number of years.

Each year the London Branch picks one of the royal's charities to support throughout the year. Their main fundraising event is the annual London Gala, which is attended by the Patron whose charity they are supporting that year. 

Charities Supported:
The charity was previously called 100 Women in Hedge Fund.

Royal Patron (April 2013 - Present)
Patron of the Art Room (Janurary 2012 - January 2018)

Place2Be is a charity that works to improve the mental health and emotional well-being of children. They currently support over 200 schools nationwide. Place2Be provides schools with trained counselors and therapist to work with children, parents, teacher and other school staff. 

The charity also provides art therapy for children 5-16 year olds with emotional and behavioral difficulties. Place2Be runs 8 Art Rooms in Oxfordshire, London, and Edinburgh. Place2Be's art rooms were originally run by a separate charity, the Art Room.

Place2Be and the Art Room merged in January 2018. Before that Kate was patron of the two separate charities (Art Room since January 2012 and Place2Be since April 2013). 

Patron (April 2013 - Present)

SportsAid is a charity that supports the next generation of British athletes (age 12-18), including those with disabilities. The charity provides these athletes with funding to meet the cost of training and competing.

Patron (April 2013 - Present)

The Natural History Museum holds the world’s largest natural history collection. Kate's work as patron is to support the Museum, their research and education programs.

Royal Patron (October 2014 - Present)

The Charity, 1851 Trust, was created by Ben Ainslie Racing to inspire, educate and promote young people (under 25) from a diverse background (disabilities, foster care, bereavement, depression, bullying, poor economic background, etc.) to get involved with sailing and the marine industry.

Patron (February 2016 - Present)

The Anne Freud Centre is a UK children's mental health charity. They offer a wide range of services (therapy, support, training) to children, families and schools. 

They also provide training to mental health professionals and carry out research.  

All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club 

Patron (December 2016 - Present)

All England Club is the tennis club where the Wimbledon Tennis Tournament is held every year. It is located in Wimbledon, London in England. 

The Duke of Kent is the Club's President (1968- Present). The Queen was Patron (1952-2016). 

Lawn Tennis Association

Patron (December 2016 - Present)

The Lawn Tennis Association is the governing body of tennis in Britain. LTA works to promote tennis by supporting clubs, coaches, tournaments, etc., developing tennis programs, and creating initiates to get more people to start playing Tennis.

Duchess of Gloucester is the association's Honorary President (?-Present). Queen Victoria was patron (?-?). Queen Elizabeth II was patron (?-2016). 

Action for Children
Patron (December 2016 - Present)

Action for Children is a charity that supports v
ulnerable and neglected children and young people, and their families, throughout the UK. They help with family support, foster care, adoption, child neglect and 
disability respite therapy.

Previous called the National Children's home, the charity was founded in 1868 as a home for London's street children. 

Queen Elizabeth II was patron (?-2016). 

Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
Patron (Feburary 2018 - Present)

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists is a professional association founded in 1929 for people working in the field of obstetrics and gynaecology.  The association includes both people with and without degrees in medicine. The association was granted it's royal charter in 1947. 

Queen Mum was Patron (1947-?). 

Nursing Now campaign
Patron (Feburary 2018 - Present - 2020)

Nursing Now is a 3-year international campaign to raising the profile and status of nursing worldwide. The campaign was officially launched in February 2018 by Duchess Kate. 

The campaign was created as a result of the 2016 Triple Impact report. The report found that empowering nurses would help to improve health globally,  gender equality and build stronger economies. The Campain is being run by the Burdett Trust for Nursing, in collaboration with the International Council of Nurses and the World Health Organization.

Victoria & Albert Museum
Royal Patron (March 2018 - Present)

The Victoria & Albert Museum (The V&A) is one of the world’s largest museum of decorative arts and design. It houses a permanent collection of over 2.3 million objects and includes many different mediums: architecture, furniture, fashion, textiles, photography, sculpture, painting, jewelry, glass, ceramics, book arts, Asian art and design, theatre and performance. The Museum is free to the public and open 7 days a week.  

The V&A got its start in 1951 when Prince Albert created "The Great Exhibition," the first-ever international exhibition of manufactured products. Profits from this exhibition were used to create a new museum in London. The Museum was called the Museum of Manufactures and was located in Marlborough House, then a royal residence. The Museum soon outgrew Marlborough House. When it moved to its current site in South Kensington, it was renamed the South Kensington Museum.

In 1899, Queen Victoria laid the cornerstone of the new Aston Webb building of the museum. In honor of Queen Victoria & Prince Albert's years of support, the museum was renamed The Victoria & Albert Museum. This was Queen Victoria's last official public appearance before her death.

Evelina London Children’s Hospital
Patron (December 2018 - Present)

Evelina London Children’s Hospital is a London hospital for children and young people. It is a part of Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust. They provide comprehensive health services from before birth, throughout childhood and into adult life. They provide an extensive range of specialist services for children with rare and complex conditions from across south London, Kent, Surrey and Sussex.

Foundling Museum 
Patron (March 2019 - Present)

 The Foundling Museum tells the history of the Foundling Hospital, a children's home founded in 1734 for the "education and maintenance of exposed and deserted young children." The Founding Hospital was the UK's 1st children's charity. The charity still exists today in a new location under the name Thomas Coram Foundation for Children. 

The museum works with contemporary artists, writers and musicians to develop learning programmes that are meaningful for young people. 


Kate is also a Scout Volunteer for the Scout Association

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  1. Why Doesn't Kate become Patron of the Scout Association?

    1. The Queen is Patron of the Scout Association.

      Charities and Organizations tend to only have one Patron, that way Royals can spread their support to many patronages instead of focusing on a few.

      The Queen currently has over 600 Patronages, so it is nice for her to have some Royals to help her support her different Patronages, since she can't visit each of them on a regular basis. Which is why you always see Catherine visiting a few of the Queen's Patronages each year. The Duke of Kent also helps the Queen supports the Scout Association as the Association's President.