KATE Middleton has today become the patron for the Royal Photographic Society after being praised for her adorable family snaps of her kids.
The Queen today passed on her patronage of 67 years to the Duchess of Cambridge in a nod to the 37-year-old’s passion for photography.
Kate had previously been made an honorary lifetime member of the society, with the director Michael Pritchard previously praising her for her “talent and enthusiasm” behind the lens.
And the mum-of-three beamed as she today arrived fort a photography workshop run by The Royal Photographic Society and Action for Children to mark her new patronage.
Her Royal Highness will join children from Action for Children in several sessions, run with Royal Photographic Society Honorary Fellows Jillian Edelstein and Harry Borden, that will cover various elements of photography such as portraits, light and colour. Alongside developing new skills, the workshop will highlight how photography provides a universal language for young people to express themselves and release their thoughts and feelings.
A Kensington Palace spokesperson today said: “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 wellbeing, particularly for children and young people.”
Among photographs that Kate has released are shots of Prince George’s first day of nursery school, photos of Princess Charlotte on her fourth birthday and Prince Louis for his first birthday.
It comes after the Queen, 93, stood down from more than 20 national organisations in 2016.
She also handed over some of her favourite charities to newest Royal Family member Meghan Markle when the 37-year-old married Prince Harry.
Chief Operating Officer of the Royal Photographic Society Mike Taylor said: “It is a huge honour to have The Duchess as our Patron, especially given her personal interest in photography.
“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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The Royal Photographic Society is one of the world’s oldest photographic societies.
It 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 Society has over 11,000 members and runs an extensive programme of more than 500 events throughout the United Kingdom and internationally.
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