Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Duchess Kate's Official Patronages - The Arts

In an effort to kept things organized this section features only Duchess Kate's Art related patronages.  You can find links to all of her patronages here.

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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.

Charity #: - 
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.

The Royal Photographic Society (The RPS)
Charity #: 1107831
Patron (June 2019 - Present)
Honorary Member (2017 - Present)

The Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain is one of the world's oldest photographic societies, and the oldest in continuous existence. The Society was founded in 1853. The Society has over 11,000 members and runs more than 500 events throughout the United Kingdom and internationally

Past Patrons: 
  • Queen Victoria & Prince Albert (1853-?)
  • Queen Elizabeth (1952-2019)
Other Honorary Members:
  • Prince Philip
  • Duke of Kent