Kate Middleton caught royal watchers off-guard this morning with a previously unannounced engagement, on the heels of a surprise announcement: the Duchess would step in as patron of the Royal Photographic Society (RPS), a position the Queen had previously held for 67 years.
Kate arrived at Warren Park for a workshop co-run by the RPS and Action for Children, another one of her patronages, in a look befitting the occasion. The Duchess wore a patterned, summery dress, paired with her Castañer Carina espadrilles, according to royal blog What Kate Wore.
The workshop combined two of Kate's biggest passions, photography and early childhood education. The Duchess holds an Art History degree, has curated a photography show for another one of her patronages, the National Portrait Gallery, and is an avid amateur photographer herself-those birthday portraits of Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis are usually taken by Kate.
She's also taken early childhood welfare as one of her main causes, often advocating for children to get outdoors, or meeting with scientists to learn about the latest research in developmental neuroscience. Her new role at the RPS will allow her to continue her work in this area. In a press release announcing Kate as the RPS's new patron, the palace noted, "this patronage will further highlight the beneficial impact that art and creativity can have on emotional wellbeing, particularly for children and young people."
The RPS is excited about this development, too. "It is a huge honor to have the Duchess as our Patron, especially given her personal interest in photography," said Mike Taylor, the COO of the RPS. "We know that photography and creative pursuits have such a positive impact for people of all ages, and we are excited to be working with one of the Duchess’s charities in support of their work."
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