Kate Middleton is now the patron of The Royal Photographic Society, Kensington Palace announced today. The role was previously held by the queen for 67 years before she passed down the responsibility to the Duchess of Cambridge. Kate will celebrate the new gig with a visit to a photography workshop run by the photo society and Action for Children, another one of her royal patronages.
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Her Majesty The Queen became Patron of the Royal Photographic Society, one of the world's oldest photographic societies, in 1952. Today The Queen has passed the patronage of the Royal Photographic Society to The Duchess of Cambridge, ahead of The Duchess’s visit to a photography workshop run by The Royal Photographic Society and Action for Children, another of The Duchess’s patronages. The Royal Photographic Society was founded in 1853 with the objective of promoting the art and science of photography, and in the same year received Royal patronage from Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. The Duchess of Cambridge has a longstanding interest in photography, and this patronage will further highlight the beneficial impact that art and creativity can have on emotional wellbeing, particularly for children and young people. Swipe to see some of The Duchess’s photographs taken over the past few years of her family. 📷 PA/Kensington Palace/HRH The Duchess of Cambridge @royalphotographicsociety @actionforchildrenuk
“The Duchess has a longstanding interest in photography, and this patronage will further highlight the beneficial impact that art and creativity can have on emotional well-being, particularly for children and young people,” a press release from the palace reads.
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Kate, who studied art history in college, has been the patron of the National Portrait Gallery since 2012 and became the first Royal Patron of the Victoria and Albert Museum in 2018, according to the royal family’s official website. She’s also known to take the official portraits of her children—Prince George, 5, Princess Charlotte, 4, and Prince Louis, 1—which are usually released on their birthdays.
This article originally appeared on Harper’s Bazaar UK.