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Old 04-18-2013, 07:53 PM
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The idea of being patron to 700 charities is simply absurd. It just cannot be possible to have a meaningful relationship with that many organisations at once. If all the charities want out of it is to put a royal's name on their letterhead then that's fair enough, but I would've thought most charities would want a genuine and close relationship with their patron.
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Old 04-18-2013, 07:55 PM
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We had been waiting for this news and I think it's great.

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The idea of being patron to 700 charities is simply absurd. It just cannot be possible to have a meaningful relationship with that many organisations at once. If all the charities want out of it is to put a royal's name on their letterhead then that's fair enough, but I would've thought most charities would want a genuine and close relationship with their patron.
I agree, you can't put meaningful attention to all those charities. When Diana divorced, she dropped about 600 charities or so and decided to just focus on a select few. I think that's just best.
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Old 04-18-2013, 08:00 PM
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Isn't place2be one of the charities involved in the upcoming Manchester school visit?
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Old 04-18-2013, 11:13 PM
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New patronages! Duchess of Cambridge became patron of Natural History Museum, Sportsaid UK and Place2be
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#royal St James' Palace: #Kate becomes Patron of 3 new charities: @_Place2Be @TeamSportsAid and @NHM_London (Natural History Museum)
Very exciting news! Can't wait to see what she'll do with these new patronages.
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Old 04-18-2013, 11:53 PM
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great news.
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Old 04-19-2013, 03:15 AM
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Details of the new charities

1. Narural History museum - they approached her after she opened the new facilities last year

2. Place2be - got to know about this through ActiononAdiction

3. SportAid - how to get children involved and supported before funding can be applied to individuals

Article from the Daily Telegraph. Typical that they lead on Diana

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https://www.princeofwales.gov.uk/med...-organisations

Newspaper take on it:-

Duchess of Cambridge walks in Diana's footsteps by becoming Patron of Natural History Museum - Telegraph
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Old 04-19-2013, 04:17 AM
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Isn't place2be one of the charities involved in the upcoming Manchester school visit?
Yes it is.
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Old 04-19-2013, 08:30 AM
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Finally, the famous announcement was made.
Nice choice of charities. SportsAid really is amazing, the list of wonderful athletes they have supported is great.
The National History Museum is one of my favourite museums. I'm shocked to learn they had no Royal Patron until now.
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Old 04-19-2013, 08:32 AM
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If this is the 'famous announcement' then it's failed to live up to it's hype. I was expecting 5+ patronages. Not 3.
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I'm distracting myself from all the awfulness going on around my house by being the only positive poster on the Daily Mail article. Totally useless of course- may as well make a logical point to my cat, it would be just as productive.

So many people in there convinced Kate only picks easy charities and focusing on the Natural History Museum pick and ignoring that the other two were a hospice and a children's mental health charity.
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Old 04-19-2013, 09:15 AM
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Old 04-19-2013, 09:17 AM
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I'm distracting myself from all the awfulness going on around my house by being the only positive poster on the Daily Mail article. Totally useless of course- may as well make a logical point to my cat, it would be just as productive.

So many people in there convinced Kate only picks easy charities and focusing on the Natural History Museum pick and ignoring that the other two were a hospice and a children's mental health charity.
I've delibrately not gone in there.

I dont suppose anyone explained what a difficult charity is??? ooooh - I know - a hospice
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Old 04-19-2013, 02:28 PM
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Finally, the famous announcement was made.
Nice choice of charities. SportsAid really is amazing, the list of wonderful athletes they have supported is great.
The National History Museum is one of my favourite museums. I'm shocked to learn they had no Royal Patron until now.

I know it's personal bias, but I never can feel that sports are all that important.
I guess they're enjoyable for people who like them, but making them into a patronage?

But I'm glad about the others. I read that Diana was previously the patron for the NH Museum.
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I know it's personal bias, but I never can feel that sports are all that important.
I guess they're enjoyable for people who like them, but making them into a patronage?

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Well sport and fitness are part of a healthy lifestyle which is generally considered a good thing, especially as more and more children plunk themselves down in front of tv or computers every day and are expected to have a shorter lifespan than their parents or grandparents. Since this sports charity is in support of children and young adults I cannot see how it would be a bad thing especially as it might assist young athletes in achieving results like Team GB in 2012 ( some of the better athletes themselves had benefited from the charity when young including Sir Chris Hoy).
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I know it's personal bias, but I never can feel that sports are all that important.
I guess they're enjoyable for people who like them, but making them into a patronage?.
In many countries around the developed world, the problem of obesity is dire, because it leads to all sorts of diseases, which of course puts a strain on health resources and makes health costs skyrocket because of over utilization.
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Old 04-19-2013, 07:56 PM
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I know it's personal bias, but I never can feel that sports are all that important.
I guess they're enjoyable for people who like them, but making them into a patronage?

But I'm glad about the others. I read that Diana was previously the patron for the NH Museum.
Sports is not only enjoyable for those who watch it but is, like NGalitzine said, part of a healthy lifestyle as well as it promotes skills like team work (when a team sport, obviously) and teaches you things like to be persistent, never give up, try do better every time, etc. Praticing a sport as a part-time activity can be much more important than you may imagine.
Secondly, this charity helps financially young athletes who are in the early stages of their careers. It's not just about promoting sport, is also about awarding hard work and helping people achieve their dreams (go the olympics is for most of these athletes the dream/ambition/goal of their lives). In this, this charity is no different than many others that help people achieve their dreams.
Also, if you look at the list of now sucessfull athletes that were once supported by the charity, it's is impressive: Mo Farah, Rebeca Addlington, Bradley Winggins, etc. These people achieved great things for Team GB in the olympics and would probably never been there if it wasn't the early support of SportsAid. So this charity's work is also an investment in good performances of the country's sportmen, thus, promoting the country.
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I'm distracting myself from all the awfulness going on around my house by being the only positive poster on the Daily Mail article. Totally useless of course- may as well make a logical point to my cat, it would be just as productive.

So many people in there convinced Kate only picks easy charities and focusing on the Natural History Museum pick and ignoring that the other two were a hospice and a children's mental health charity.
One was mental health but no hospice,that is an old patronage. Her third new patronage is funding young athaletes.

Julliette,I was about to say the same thing about sports, took the words from my mouth.
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Praticing a sport as a part-time activity can be much more important than you may imagine.
Yes, I do realize sports are important to some people.
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Does anyone knows if tomorow's engagement is in the morning? I know they don't give actual time, but I hope its a morning event since its a school visit, because that way we will get pictures earlier!
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Old 04-23-2013, 07:36 AM
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Live: Duchess of Cambridge's visit to Wythenshawe:
Live blog: Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, visits Willows primary school in Wythenshawe - Manchester Evening News

The Duchess is expected to arrive at around 1pm.
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