Duchess Kate Takes On Historic Patronage Before Getting In The Christmas Spirit

Brenda Watkins
December 5, 2019

Not only did she help the kids select Christmas trees, but she also made crafts and drank hot chocolate.

Kate attended the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation reception at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday and was snapped chatting to the world's dignitaries.

Kensington Palace announced in a statement today that the Queen is passing on the patronage of the charity after 65 years.

He added, "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".

Kate met families assisted by the charity and helped children write letter to Father Christmas. Family Action also provides services including perinatal mental health services, counselling and therapeutic support and mentoring for children, young people and adults.

However, it is Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge who have been doing most of the preparing as they use their time with her Majesty to learn about their future roles as Queen consorts.

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Catherine's low-key appearance comes just one day after she joined forces with Queen Elizabeth II and the Duchess of Cornwall to welcome North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders to a reception at Buckingham Palace in honour of the alliance's 70th anniversary.

The charity was founded in 1869 to help families in difficulty by offering practical help and support as well as working directly with vulnerable or disadvantaged children and families. It's already very closely aligned with the work Kate has done in the past that's been squarely focused on helping children and families, so her patronage makes flawless sense.

CEO of Family Action, David Holmes CBE, said that the charity was "honoured" by the appointment.

"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".

The Duchess of Cambridge was "photobombed" by a toddler from Peterborough as she celebrated a new patronage with a festive visit to a Christmas tree farm.

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