Category: Charities

New Patronage: Maternal Mental Health Alliance

Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge announced in a video message that she’s the new Patron on Maternal Mental Health Alliance. A statement from Luciana Berger, Chair of the Maternal Mental Health Alliance says:

On behalf of the Board of Trustees and staff team, I am delighted to announce Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge as Royal Patron of the Maternal Mental Health Alliance (MMHA).

The MMHA was founded in 2011, and in just over a decade we have celebrated significant and much-needed progress in the provision of specialist perinatal mental health services across the UK. Today, thanks to the extraordinary and sustained efforts of our members, supporters, and Lived Experience Champions, more mums than ever can access the right care at the right time. However, there is still work to be done to ensure this is a reality for every mum, baby, and family.

We are immensely honoured that The Duchess has recognised and chosen to support the MMHA’s work by becoming our Royal Patron. The Duchess’ longstanding dedication to the Early Years and keen interest in mental health marry beautifully with our aims; it is a perfect partnership.

The MMHA looks forward to working with The Duchess to ensure the needs of all women, babies, and families continue to be heard and met.


Photos & Roundup: February 22 – Royal Visit Denmark – Day 1

The Duchess of Cambridge, Joint Patron, the Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, arrived in Denmark and was received upon her arrival at Copenhagen International Airport by Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Denmark (Her Excellency Mrs. Emma Hopkins). Her Royal Highness visited the Centre for Early Intervention and Family Studies at the University of Copenhagen, Nørregade. The Duchess of Cambridge afterward visited Børnemuseet: the Children’s Museum in Frederiksberg then the Lego Foundation PlayLab at the Campus Carlsberg, University College Copenhagen, Humletorvet.

Engagements & Tour Photos > 2022> Pakistan Tour > February 22 | Royal Visit: Denmark – Set 1 – Day 1

New Patronage: Rugby Football Union and Rugby Football League

The patronage, which has been given to The Duchess by Her Majesty The Queen, closely aligns with Her Royal Highness’ longstanding passion for sport and the lifelong benefits it can provide, both within our communities and on an individual level.

“It is a great honour to welcome The Duchess of Cambridge as our Patron,” said RFU CEO Bill Sweeney. “Our aim is to enrich lives, introduce more people to rugby union, develop the sport for future generations and create a successful thriving game across the country.

“As rugby clubs have re-opened across the country, players, officials and volunteers are celebrating being back in the game together, and we know the support of The Duchess will be greatly valued from our grassroots clubs and fast-growing women and girls’ game, right up to our elite men’s and women’s England teams.”

Alongside the RFU, The Duchess has also been named Patron of the Rugby Football League.


February 02 – EE British Academy Film Awards

On February 02, 2020 The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the EE British Academy Film Awards.

Catherine has attended the awards regularly since 2017 with Prince William who has been President of the Academy since 2010.

There was a lot of anticipation this year to see what the Duchess would wear as the BAFTA’s dress code was focused on sustainability. The organization says it is ‘working toward carbon neutrality’ and asked guests to consider wearing outfits that were either repeats, vintage, or from a sustainable fashion designer. Catherine repeated her bespoke Alexander McQueen gown first seen in Malaysia during the Diamond Jubilee Tour in 2012 which took The Duke and Duchess to Southeast Asia. You can view photos of the gown here.

At the awards Their Royal Highnesses walked the red carpet and in his role as President, The Duke awarded The Fellowship Award to film producer Kathleen Kennedy in recognition of an outstanding and exceptional contribution to film, games or television. Her recent work includes producing Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017), Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018), and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019).

Prince William also gave a speech highlighting the lack of diversity innominees which you can view here.

After the ceremony The Duke and Duchess met with the winners.

Engagements & Tour Photos > 2020 > February 02 | EE British Academy Film Awards

January 29 – Visiting LEYF Gardens Nursery

On January 29, 2020 Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge visited LEYF Stockwell Nursery & Pre-School.

Catherine was scheduled to make the visit on January 22, 2020 as part of her 24 hour tour for the launch of her ‘5 Big Questions’ online survey, but the visit got canceled due to inclement weather.

During her visit Catherine spoke to parents and staff about the online survey and talked with the chefs and apprentices from the LEYF Chef Academy about the importance of nutritious food for child development.

Engagements & Tour Photos > 2020 > January 29 | ‘5 Big Questions ‘ – Stockwell Gardens Nursery

January 28 – NPG Workshop At Evelina London Children’s Hospital

On January 28, 2020 The Duchess of Cambridge visited Evelina London Children’s Hospital.

Catherine who is Patron of both the National Portrait Gallery and Evelina London Children’s Hospital visited Evelina London to learn more about the creative arts workshops that are delivered there by the National Portrait Gallery’s Hospital Programme.

The National Portrait Gallery has been bringing workshops and artists into the hospital for the last 15 years, helping to support the health, wellbeing and happiness of the children who receive care there.

During her visit The Duchess joined in with groups of children on the atrium, as well as visited children and their families at the Beach Ward, where young people are awaiting surgery were able to also take part in activities.

During other workshops Catherine joined children who were making sets and characters for their own pop-up theaters and practicing their photography skills with one young man getting the opportunity to photograph The Duchess.

You can visit our pages chronicling Catherine’s work with The National Portrait Gallery, here. And Evelina London Children’s Hospital, here.

Engagements & Tour Photos > 2020 > January 28 | NPG Workshop At Evelina London Children’s Hospital

January 27 – UK Holocaust Memorial Day Commemorative Ceremony

On January 27, 2020 The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the UK Holocaust Memorial Day Commemorative Ceremony at Central Hall in Westminster.

Holocaust Memorial Day takes place each year on the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the end of the Holocaust. It is a day to remember the victims and the survivors of the Holocaust, Nazi persecution, and the genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

To commemorate the anniversary, The Duchess of Cambridge took portraits of two Holocaust survivors Steven Frank and Yvonne Bernstein with their grandchildren. The project is a collaboration between the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, Jewish News and the Royal Photographic Society, for which Catherine became Patron of in 2019.

The portraits will be part of a new exhibition which will open later this year, bringing together 75 powerful images of survivors and their family members to mark 75 years since the end of the Holocaust.

The Royal Photographic Society says, the project “aims to honour the victims of the Holocaust and to celebrate the full lives that survivors have built in the UK. Each of the portraits depicts the special connection between a survivor and younger generations of their family, who over the coming years will carry the legacy of their grandparents. However, the project also aims to inspire people across the UK to consider their own responsibility to remember and share the stories of those who endured persecution at the hands of the Nazis.”

During the ceremony, Prince William gave a reading of a letter written about his great-grandmother Princess Alice, who helped to hide her Jewish friends, the Cohens, in her home. He and The Duchess also took part in lighting candles in commemorate the six million Jews who lost their lives. After the ceremony The Duke and Duchess met with survivors and their families, including Yvonne Bernstein, who she had photographed.

Engagements & Tour Photos > 2020 > January 27 | UK Holocaust Memorial Day Commemorative Ceremony

January 22 – ‘5 Big Questions’ 24 Hour Tour

On January 22, 2020 The Duchess of Cambridge visited Cardiff and Surrey to promote the launch of her’5 Big Questions’ online survey.

In her first stop The Duchess of Cambridge visited Ely and Careau Children’s Centre where she joined a baby sensory class to hear about the support that parents receive and she also talked to about the ‘5 Big Questions’ survey. During a conversation The Duchess opened up about feeling isolated in Anglesey after the birth of Prince George.

She said: “It’s nice to be back in Wales. I was chatting to some of the mums. It was the first year and I’d just had George – William was still working with search and rescue and we came up here and I had a tiny, tiny baby in the middle of Anglesey. It was so isolated, so cut off. I didn’t have any family around, and he was doing night shifts. If only I had had a center like this.”

In Surrey, The Duchess of Cambridge returned to HMP Send Women’s Prison for the first time since 2015. There she met with some of the women she met in 2015, who have since been successfully rehabilitated, released and are rebuilding their families. The Duchess also talked to women who are currently at the prison receiving support from The Forward Trust, a charity which helps clients improve their relationships with friends and family.

Engagements & Tour Photos > 2020 > January 22 | ‘5 Big Questions’ 24 Hour Tour

January 21 – Launching Landmark UK-Wide Survey On Early Childhood

On January 21, 2020 The Duchess of Cambridge launched 5 Big Questions, a landmark survey which gives people across the UK an opportunity to provide their view on raising the next generation.

In March 2018, The Duchess of Cambridge announced during a symposium at the Royal Society for Medicine that she had convened a steering group to look at what can be done to make a positive difference to the lives of children, by focusing on their earliest stage of life, from pre-birth to 5 years of age. The steering group’s recommendations, on behalf of The Duchess, formed the basis of The Royal Foundation’s strategy for developing her work in this area.

The fruit of this steering group is 5 Big Questions, a landmark survey which gives people across the UK an opportunity to provide their view on raising the next generation. The ‘5 Big Questions’ online poll is being conducted by Ipsos Mori on behalf of The Royal Foundation and “aims to spark the biggest ever conversation on early childhood”. The results of the survey will be made available in March and will determine the next steps in Catherine’s early years work.

To kick off the initiative The Duchess visited MiniBrum at Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum where she met with health professionals, parents, a group of children and supporters.

The Duchess will then continue promotion of her online poll by going on a 24 hour tour, making stops in London, Cardiff and Surrey.

Engagements & Tour Photos > 2020 > January 21 | Launching Landmark UK-Wide Survey On Early Childhood

December 04 – Joining Family Action At Peterley Manor Farm

On December 04, 2019 The Duchess of Cambridge visited Peterley Manor Farm with Family Action.

The visit coincided with news that the Queen has passed her patronage of Family Action over to Catherine after 66 years in the role.

Family Action is a charity that works to tackle some of the most complex and difficult issues facing families today – including financial hardship, mental health problems, social isolation, learning disabilities, domestic abuse, or substance misuse and alcohol problems.

Family Action provides high-quality training and consultancy services for a wide range of organisations – local authorities, the NHS, schools/academies, early years settings, adoption and fostering agencies, charities and commercial enterprises.

The Duchess of Cambridge has visited centers who have used the Family Action service, she also joined Family Action to launch a helpline in January of 2019. You can view our page dedicated to Catherine’s work with Family Action here to see her past work with this organization.

During her visit The Duchess took part in several activities including helping the children pick out Christmas trees for their schools, making decorations and hot chocolate in the “Elves Enchanted Forest”, creating Reindeer food, and talking with parents.

Engagements & Tour Photos > 2019 > December 04 | Joining Family Action At Peterley Manor Farm

November 21 – Tusk Awards Nominees Reception

On November 21, 2019 The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined Tusk Awards nominees at a private tea and reception for the finalist.

The Duchess was scheduled to attend the actual award show with Prince William for the second year in a row, but was forced to pull out due to an undisclosed issue dealing with the children.

The awards recognize the unsung heroes of conservation, who are nominated by their peers without their prior knowledge, in recognition of their outstanding and inspirational efforts to conserve Africa’s natural heritage.

Engagements & Tour Photos > 2019 > Tusk Awards Nominees Reception

November 15 – The Duchess Of Cambridge Opens The Nook Children Hospice

On November 15, 2019 The Duchess of Cambridge officially opened The Nook in Norfolk.

Five years ago The Duchess of Cambridge helped launch The Nook Appeal, which aimed to raise £10 million for a purpose-built children’s hospice which includes a hydrotherapy pool, state-of-the-art sensory room and music studio. The Nook will also offer specialist nursing care, symptom management nursing, wellbeing activities, therapies, counselling and volunteer services.

During her visit The Duchess toured the facilities, including the hydrotherapy pool and state-of-the-art sensory room, she also met and participated in activities with children and their families.

At the end of her visit Catherine gave a short speech to 300 invited guests, saying in part: “…EACH was one of the very first charities that I decided to become Patron of after my marriage. Whilst a lot has changed since then, my commitment and support for this wonderful organisation and the work that you do has not.

Over the years, I have seen first-hand the depth of EACH’s reputation as a standard-bearer in children’s hospice care, both here in the U.K. and internationally too, during my visits to Malaysia and Australia.

Your hugely dedicated and talented team are at the core of this success and I wanted especially today to thank you, Graham, for everything you have done over the past sixteen years and to wish you a very happy retirement.

The Nook Hospice is a fitting tribute to all your staff, its generous supporters and its awe-inspiring children and families who I have been so lucky to meet here today. I therefore could not be more delighted to invite my army of little helpers to join me in officially opening this new hospice….”

Her Royal Highness has been Patron of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices since January 2012, a charity that offers support for children and young people with life-threatening conditions and supports families across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk. They offer families flexibility and control over where they receive their care and support, including where their child dies; at home, in hospital or at one of three hospices at Milton (Cambridge), The Nook (Norfolk) and The Treehouse (Ipswich).

Engagements & Tour Photos> 2019 > November 15 | The Duchess Of Cambridge Opens The Nook Children Hospice