Monday, 9 February 2015

Duchess Catherine - Official Patronages

While the Duchess of Cambridge attends events and supports a number of organizations, she is officially a patron of just ten organizations. Catherine started with just four patronages in 2012 and has slowly added onto her list.

Patronages are not for a life time, but a set amount of time (for a appeal, 3 years, 5 years, etc). Patronages are usually reviewed after every 5 years, and 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 Princes William & Harry's  Patronages. Catherine was added to the Foundation after her marriage. 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 3 Areas, Armed Forces, Young People and Conservation.

Action on Addiction
Patron (January 2012 - Present)

Action on Addiction was one of Catherine'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 Catherine'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)

The Art Room was one of Catherine's first patronages. The Charity provides art therapy for children 5 - 16 year olds with emotional and behavioral difficulties. The Art Room currently has 9 Art Rooms in Oxfordshire, London and Edinburgh.

National Portrait Gallery, London 
Patron (January 2012 - Present)

The National Portrait Gallery was one of Catherine's first patronages. The National Portrait Gallery holds most extensive collection of portraits in the world. Catherine'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 thorough out the year. Their main fundraising event is the annual London Gala, which is attended by at least 1 of the patrons.

In 2013, the Patronage was renewed for another 3 years with Catherine and Harry joining William as joint patrons.

In 2016, the Joint Patronage was renewed again for an unspecified number of years.

Charities Supported:

Patron (April 2013 - Present)

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

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. Catherine'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 ofter a wide range of services (therapy, support, training) to children, families and schools. 

They also provide training to mental health professionals and cary 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. 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 associations Honorary President. 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). 


Catherine is also a Scout Volunteer for the Scout Association.

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 patronages of over 100 different organizations at one time.  (The Queen 600+, Prince Phillip 700+)

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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.