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soapstar 01-04-2012 08:22 PM

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.

https://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/ja...rities-support

ghost_night554 01-04-2012 08:48 PM

The Duchess of Cambridge joins the scouts - YouTube

Baroness of Books 01-04-2012 08:51 PM

Thanks for posting that clip, Ghost Night. Looks like there's a lot of activities the Duchess can certainly be engaged in.

Daria_S 01-04-2012 09:13 PM

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.

Skippyboo 01-04-2012 09:57 PM

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. :)

blauerengel 01-04-2012 10:16 PM

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Originally Posted by Daria_S (Post 1354274)
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.

Exactly,I feel the same & I wish her good luck with her new work!Iīm sure she wonīt disappoint,she will do great as always and be able to light up the world for some of the people she is helping.

HRHHermione 01-04-2012 10:23 PM

YAY! Looking forward to some great discussions about what will hopefully be a lot of great and interesting work for her. Can't wait for her first solo engagements in support of these organizations.

No1_Saint 01-04-2012 10:48 PM

Very worthy causes. I am sure that she will be an inspiration for many young professionals to increase their philanthropic undertakings in the future.

Tiggersk8 01-04-2012 10:58 PM

Am I the only one who can't wait to see Kate in the Scouting Uniform? :oD

I wonder what she'll be doing w/the National Portrait Gallery though? Perhaps concentrating on helping in various restoration projects, both hands on and also fundraising. As a BA in Art History, she has the background/training to do more than just fundraise for the NPG after all.

Just thinking out loud. :o)

HRHHermione 01-04-2012 11:06 PM

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Originally Posted by Tiggersk8 (Post 1354298)
Am I the only one who can't wait to see Kate in the Scouting Uniform? :oD

I wonder what she'll be doing w/the National Portrait Gallery though? Perhaps concentrating on helping in various restoration projects, both hands on and also fundraising. As a BA in Art History, she has the background/training to do more than just fundraise for the NPG after all.

Just thinking out loud. :o)

No she doesn't- a BA in art history knows the history of art, but nothing about the delicate science of restoration or the details that go into curating an exhibit- that's much more specialized knowledge.

I'm not trying to disparage the Duchess in any way- I think she'll do very good fundraising work for the National Portrait Gallery. But I've read many suggestions over the last year that her BA in Art History means she has the credentials to work on restoration and that's always seemed a dubious claim to me.

To quote the RF's own Diarist, "This is only my opinion and I don't wish to offend" :flowers:

Osipi 01-04-2012 11:15 PM

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Originally Posted by Skippyboo (Post 1354280)
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. :)

And Kate winking at Bear ans quipping "a good scout always remembers to be prepared. I knew this ring would come in handy".:biggrin:

Tiggersk8 01-04-2012 11:35 PM

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Originally Posted by HRHHermione (Post 1354300)
No she doesn't- a BA in art history knows the history of art, but nothing about the delicate science of restoration or the details that go into curating an exhibit- that's much more specialized knowledge.

I'm not trying to disparage the Duchess in any way- I think she'll do very good fundraising work for the National Portrait Gallery. But I've read many suggestions over the last year that her BA in Art History means she has the credentials to work on restoration and that's always seemed a dubious claim to me.

To quote the RF's own Diarist, "This is only my opinion and I don't wish to offend" :flowers:

None taken, as I said, I was just thinking out loud. However, I do see Catherine taking on a heavy role in any kind of an event where the NPG is attempting to raise funds for a major restoration project. As the Patron of the NPG, that would be one of her roles as I understand it. It would also be a wonderful way for Catherine to use her Degree to her advantage, as she would be able to explain the importance of the various pieces of art and their relevance to British Culture and Heritage to those attending any such future event.

Or perhaps she might come up w/some manner of a program w/the NPG to try and spark more young people's interest in Art, but in a hip and young way. I remember all too well being sent to our local Art Gallery on a School Field Trip during Public School years and being rather bored out of my skull. Those were different times of course, but even now a trip to an Art Gallery isn't exactly the kind of Field Trip that makes kids jump up and down w/glee. That could be another possible avenue for her to take w/her Patronage of the NPG.

As I said earlier though...I'm just thinking out loud... :flowers:

HRHHermione 01-04-2012 11:44 PM

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Originally Posted by Tiggersk8 (Post 1354304)
Or perhaps she might come up w/some manner of a program w/the NPG to try and spark more young people's interest in Art, but in a hip and young way. I remember all too well being sent to our local Art Gallery on a School Field Trip during Public School years and being rather bored out of my skull. Those were different times of course, but even now a trip to an Art Gallery isn't exactly the kind of Field Trip that makes kids jump up and down w/glee. That could be another possible avenue for her to take w/her Patronage of the NPG.

As I said earlier though...I'm just thinking out loud... :flowers:

Now that makes complete sense, and intersects very well with one of her other choices- The Art Room.

Daria_S 01-05-2012 02:16 AM

Some more articles dealing with Catherine's charities of choice.

The charities chosen by the Duchess of Cambridge - Telegraph

Duchess of Cambridge to be a Scout leader as well as patron of four charities - Telegraph

Duke of Marmalade 01-05-2012 02:34 AM

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Originally Posted by Tiggersk8 (Post 1354298)
Am I the only one who can't wait to see Kate in the Scouting Uniform? :oD

She already did, many years ago ;)
Kate joins the Scouts: Ex-Brownie to help with cooking and campfires as package of royal patronages is unveiled | Mail Online

Sancia 01-05-2012 03:43 AM

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Originally Posted by EIIR (Post 1354177)
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.

It reminds me some of the charities supported by their wedding fund, Beatbullying and Venture Trust. Not very glamourous but so necessary. I had been very impressed by such a choice, and I am impressed too by the Duchess of Cambridge's news patronage. It sounds like a very wise choice, something with deep commitment.

Kataryn 01-05-2012 05:20 AM

I'm sad that already people commend on the Daily Mail website that it's not enough compared with the queen's patronages... Do they all forget that Catherine is not yet the queen but that the queen won't live forever so that in the future a lot of patronages need new patrons?

I personally like the fact that she chose small charities where she can personally change things for the better because the time will come when she is requested to become only a Royal figurehead to large organizations with no way to really influence the ongoings at those organizations.

marine2109 01-05-2012 07:30 AM

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Kate chooses five charities ahead of milestone birthday
Kate Middleton charities: The new royal has chosen five to support - hellomagazine.com

blauerengel 01-05-2012 07:46 AM

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Originally Posted by Kataryn (Post 1354358)
I'm sad that already people commend on the Daily Mail website that it's not enough compared with the queen's patronages... Do they all forget that Catherine is not yet the queen but that the queen won't live forever so that in the future a lot of patronages need new patrons?

I personally like the fact that she chose small charities where she can personally change things for the better because the time will come when she is requested to become only a Royal figurehead to large organizations with no way to really influence the ongoings at those organizations.

Thereīs a saying "Quality,not quantity"-I am happy that she didnīt chose so many charities but a few so that she can truly dedicate herself to these cases in depth instead of patronising a large number of charities and not being able to fully immerse herself in the work.I believe that you canīt do good work if you have too many affiliations and jobs at the same time...

muriel 01-05-2012 08:26 AM

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Originally Posted by blauerengel (Post 1354407)
Thereīs a saying "Quality,not quantity"-I am happy that she didnīt chose so many charities but a few so that she can truly dedicate herself to these cases in depth instead of patronising a large number of charities and not being able to fully immerse herself in the work.I believe that you canīt do good work if you have too many affiliations and jobs at the same time...

I think the quantity will folllow quite quickly. I am sure this is the first in a series of announcements over the next few years. Camilla gradually built up her portfolio of patronages over the first few years of her married life. My sense is that Catherine will be quite hands on with these charities, and gradually add more. I suspect she will increasingly get involved with some of HM's charities as well, and in time, may start to take some of those over.


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