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Duchess of Cambridge Charities and Patronages

The Birmingham Daily Mail jumped the embargo gun and published a list of the Duchess of Cambridge's charities. There was quite a stir about it on twitter because the information was supposed to be embargoed until tomorrow.

Duchess of Cambridge Kate becomes patron of charities - and scout volunteer
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Kate has accepted honorary positions with a range of charities and bodies that tackle issues from drug and alcohol addiction to children with behavioural problems and other areas of importance. The royal is now patron of Action on Addiction and the ...




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Old 01-04-2012, 02:25 PM
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Can't wait to get the full list, and I LOVE that she's chosen addiction as a cause. Addicts deal with quite a bit of stigma and a lot of people who think they're just weak and don't understand their illness. She'll bring some much needed publicity to that cause.
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Old 01-04-2012, 02:27 PM
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Can't wait to get the full list, and I LOVE that she's chosen addiction as a cause. Addicts deal with quite a bit of stigma and a lot of people who think they're just weak and don't understand their illness. She'll bring some much needed publicity to that cause.
Isn't her uncle an addict too? I bet that was a very personal choice.
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Yes, I believe her uncle battled addiction. I think he went to rehab a few years ago.
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Yes, I believe her uncle battled addiction. I think he went to rehab a few years ago.
Then it probably is a personal choice. I can't wait to see what work she's planning to do- I hope some of it is very hands on and that her patronage isn't limited to fundraisers (although, that will of course be an important part of her responsibilities as a patron)
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Don't know how much of a surprise this will be if it's reported in the media!
I'm still trying to figure out how they found this out (and if it's indeed the case for Catherine's birthday celebrations.....just doesn't strike me as something she'd want). However, these leaks give all involved some time to plan and devise a strategy that will fool the press and make the occasion as low-key as possible. I sincerely hope that Catherine's birthday will be what she would want and be comfortable with.

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I wonder if they read about themselves or if the Duke's secretary just tells them what they need to know.
I would imagine that it would be one nasty surprise to go out to run errands and see something about one's birthday plans (especially if they were meant to stay hidden) plastered all over the news-stands. I hope that someone from their staff informs them of what is afoot so that there are no uncomfortable situations.

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I can't imagine Kate being so insulated from the press, especially when she goes out shopping and might pick up a newspaper on her daily activities or switching on the TV.
I'm with you here. That would be not very pleasant and there's no reason for it either.

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The Birmingham Daily Mail jumped the embargo gun and published a list of the Duchess of Cambridge's charities.
Thank you for the information. Looking forward to seeing the full list of the Duchess's choices and patronages. I'm glad to see that she's doing something related to children with special needs. That field could use having some influential advocates.
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First patronage. The others are published tomorrow

Action on Addiction - Home
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I'm glad that, from what little we know so far, she appears to be going for patronages which aren't particularly glamorous. By that I mean, it's easy to go to Africa, hold a starving child for a few pictures and slope off again. Similarly with puppies and kittens. Addiction is certainly not a glamorous topic and yet it has an absolutely enormous impact on society.

In terms of the embargo, I'd pretty much guarantee that the press have had this information for some time but are not to release it until a particular time specified by Kate's people. I suppose it's so that the press people at Clarence House/St James's Palace are all in place and ready to deal with the legion of press enquiries.
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I've also read that an embargo allows the media to be able to research and get background information before the official announcement is made.

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Then it probably is a personal choice. I can't wait to see what work she's planning to do- I hope some of it is very hands on and that her patronage isn't limited to fundraisers (although, that will of course be an important part of her responsibilities as a patron)
I agree. I would love to see her become very hands on. The one thing I've always admired about William and Harry is their dedication to their charities. They tend to go beyond the fundraisers and really get involved - William spending the night on the streets in London and Harry trekking to the North Pole. I think if Kate follows their example, she will do very well.
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First patronage. The others are published tomorrow

Action on Addiction - Home
Sounds like a good idea, but doesn't hit too close to home with her Uncle Gary? The one with the Ibiza home?
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The Duchess of Cambridge is to become Patron of four UK charities @TheArtRoomUK @NPGLondon @EACH_Hospices and Action on Addiction

The Duchess of Cambridge will also become a volunteer with @UKScouting, spending time privately with groups in N. Wales and elsewhere

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Information on each of the organisations from the Times:

Action on Addiction
Helps people at treatment centres in Merseyside, London, Wiltshire and Dorset.
It also supports their families, commissions research and trains counsellors. Recently started providing help for children affected by addicted parents. Has an annual turnover of about £7 million and employs 140 people, including researchers, medics, psychiatrists, therapists and counsellors.

East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices
Cares for children with life-threatening conditions across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk. Has hospices in Milton, Quiddenham and Ipswich. As well as day care and overnight breaks, it also provides end-of-life care in the hospice or at home. Has 220 staff, and raises £6 million to £7 million a year.

The Art Room
Set up in 2002, it uses art to help 5 to 16-year-olds who are experiencing emotional and behavioural difficulties.
It maintains a dedicated art room in four secondary and primary schools in Oxford and one in Islington, North London, running sessions from one to four days a week. Also works with a further 22 schools.
Employs 14 staff, including teachers, artists and psychotherapists, and has a turnover of £350,000 a year.

National Portrait Gallery
Founded in 1856, it has the most extensive collection of portraits in the world — more than 160,000 spanning from the 16th century to today, including painting, sculpture, photography and video.
Entrance to the permanent collection is free. It attracts 1.8 million visitors a year and generates nearly 60 per cent of its income from memberships, paid-for exhibitions, its restaurant, publications and corporate support. The rest comes from a government grant of £7,577,000.

Scout Association
Provides adventurous activities and personal development for more than 400,000 young people aged 6 to 25 across Britain. Nearly 100,000 volunteers help with activities.
Scouting, founded in 1907 by Lord Baden-Powell, is the largest co-education youth organisation in the world, with 28 million members across 216 countries.


Of course, Kate can't become Patron of the Scouts because they've already got one - the Queen.
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Fantastic choices, all of them. I'm very excited to see what kind of work she does- I'd wager we'll see solo engagements supporting each of these organizations in the very near future (and probably at least a few while William is in the Falklands.)
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Good choices so far; I really like the volunteering with the scouting organization that puts her love of children/young adults and the outdoors into play. Some other choices seem to address her areas of interest and personal experiences as well.
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Thanks for that TortillaChips. Great choices IMO and considering taking part in UK Guiding could have been spun as stepping on Sophie's toes (She is the Honourary President of UKGuiding after all), working w/UK Scouting is a great way of still helping out w/the organization. My Family is a Guiding and Scouting Family, so to me, Kate deciding to volunteer w/UK Scouting is kind of special to me and will be to my Aunt Robbie, long time Scouts Canada Leader, too once she hears.
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I think she made some excellent choices. I look forward to seeing her work with these charities.

Here are the announcements from a few of the charities.

The Art Room: HRH The Duchess of Cambridge becomes Royal Patron of The Art Room

Scouting welcomes royal volunteer

Action on Addiction - HRH

More info on her work with the scouts.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/ja...rities-support
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Thanks for posting that clip, Ghost Night. Looks like there's a lot of activities the Duchess can certainly be engaged in.
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The article from 'The Guardian' regarding Catherine's charity choices.

Duchess of Cambridge names the charities she will support | UK news | The Guardian

I think what she chose reflects her interests and passions, and as someone pointed out, there's little to no glamour in any of the causes. I think Catherine will take the 'hands-on' approach and these causes will definitely allow her to do so. There's nothing like visiting/working with a sick/severely disabled child, or going to a camping trip with a group of eight-year-olds. Again, this reflects on her kind and caring personality. She's very lucky to be able to use her passions to make a difference.
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All great choices, I agree that Kate is going to very hands on with her patronage not just showing up and cutting a ribbon.

I can see it now - A new Man & Princess vs Wild episode - Kate & Bear with a pack of cub scouts camping on Mt Snowdon. Bear using Kate's engagement ring to focus the sunlight to light a fire. :)
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