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 Prince Harry
Patron (2011-present)

The Royal Foundation was created in 2009 to foster collaboration between Prince William & Prince Harry's Patronages. Kate was added to the Foundation after her marriage, and Meghan will be added following her wedding in May. 

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 three areas, Armed Forces, Young People and Conservation.

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.

Royal Patron (January 2012 - Present)

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 counsellors 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 behavioural 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). 

National Portrait Gallery (London)
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. 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 whoes charity they are supporting that year. 

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.

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

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). 


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.