Kate handed special patron role held by Queen for 65 years as she ramps up royal work

Kate arrived this morning at Peterley Manor Farm to meet members of the staff at Family Action, a charity she officially became the patron of yesterday. At the farm, Kate also met children supported by the charity.    

The Duchess of Cambridge wore a very casual outfit for the occasion, sporting a green jumper, a red down and blue jeans. 

Kate came prepared for any activity at the farm, as she also wore thick black boots.  

While at Family Action, Kate sat down with children and chose Christmas trees and made decorations with them at the ‘elf workshop’.  

The new patronage was announced yesterday by Kensington Palace.  

In a lengthy statement, the palace explained how important this charity is for the Royal Family, saying: “The Duchess of Cambridge has today become Royal Patron of Family Action.

“Her Majesty The Queen has passed the patronage to The Duchess having held the role for over 65 years. Her Majesty took the patronage over from Queen Mary in 1953.”  

The statement continued saying how important are to Kate charities working on strengthening communities and families. 

It said: “The Duchess of Cambridge has spent much of the last eight years meeting charities and organisations who work every day to make our families and communities stronger.

“There is a powerful correlation between a parent or carer’s wellbeing and their child’s development, which is why organisations such as Family Action that provide support are instrumental to a child’s future. 

“This new patronage aligns with Her Royal Highness’ longstanding work on the early years, and the importance of supporting children and families during this seminal period of their lives.”  

Family Action has been helping local communities for decades, and was founded in 1869 to help families in difficulty by giving them practical help and support.  

This is not the first time Kate visits Family Action. 

The statement continues: “Her Royal Highness previously visited Family Action’s Lewisham base in January 2019 where she launched the charity’s national support line, FamilyLine. 

“The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge also visited the charity’s ‘Family Monsters Garden’ at the Chelsea Flower Show in May 2019.

“The Family Monsters Project, which encourages families to talk about the pressures they are facing to highlight that these ‘family monsters’ are normal and can be overcome.”  

The CEO of Family Action, David Holmes CBE, said the organisation is “honoured” to see the Duchess of Cambridge becoming the new patron of the charity.  

Mr Holmes and Kate already know each other, as the Family Action’s CEO is a member of The Duchess’ Early Years steering group. 

The Early Years programme is a project Kate has been working on in the past months, aiming to understand and highlight the impact the first five years of life can have on the adults.   

Mr Holmes, praising Kate for her work, said: “Family Action is honoured that The Duchess of Cambridge has become our Royal Patron.

“Her Royal Highness follows on from Her Majesty The Queen, who was our Royal Patron for more than 65 years.

“Everyone at Family Action would like to extend our thanks to Her Majesty for her steadfast support and encouragement to us over so many years. 

“I have seen The Duchess’s passionate support for disadvantaged families first hand and have been impressed by her leadership in understanding and promoting the vital importance of the Early Years.

“Family Action looks forward to working with The Duchess in the years to come.” 

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