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Apr. 21st, 2013
(Photos) Kate Visits The Scouts At Windsor Castle – (04/21)
As if her plate wasn’t already full, the Duchess of Cambridge is about to add even more.
Kate, 31, is adopting three new causes, and that will mean more public outings for the pregnant princess in the coming months as we count down to her baby’s highly-anticipated July arrival.
The new charities are in addition to the five she picked last year and reflect her “personal interests in supporting children and young people to build their skills, confidence and aspirations,” her office says in a statement.
The new patronages are Place2Be, SportsAid and The Natural History Museum. More about them:
Place2Be works in 175 schools to help provide mental health and emotional support for children in largely deprived areas. It is a “natural follow-on” from her work with Action on Addiction, a palace source says. Benita Refson, chief executive and founding trustee tells PEOPLE, “She understands the importance of early intervention to prevent the issues becoming deeper. She will shine a spotlight on child mental health and development and raise the importance and value of early intervention.”
She was inspired to become patron of SportsAid, which helps young disabled and non-disabled athletes achieve their ambitions, after her role in as an ambassador to Team GB at the London 2012 Olympics. Chief executive Tim Lawler tells PEOPLE, “It’s a game changer for SportsAid to have her. She is young, she is inspirational and from the very generation that we deal with. She is keen to be a champion of champions. When we met it was clear she wanted to explore how she could make a difference. That personal interest was very evident and she was really charming in the process.”
And finally, The Natural History Museum reflects her interest in the environment and sustainability, and she visited the museum both privately as a child and in public last year when she opened an exhibit there. Kate also met a scientist from the museum when she was in Borneo with Prince William last year. Director of the Natural History Museum Dr. Michael Dixon said in a statement, “When she was here last November it was clear to me how much she shares our passion for understanding and maintaining the diversity of our planet.”
At her visit, Kate said, “William and I are just two of millions of people who have passed through these doors, and marveled at the spectacular wonders of the natural world, housed in this beautiful gallery. I care passionately about what this Museum stands for.”
Here are the photos from Will and Kate’s two day tour of Scotland. I couldn’t add them before because we ran out of space on the site (which isn’t a bad thing – it just means we’re growing!). But now we got more space! I’ll also be adding a load of magazine scans to the gallery so stay tuned!
The Duchess, who is due to give birth in July, chatted about her pregnancy with members of the public as she went on an impromptu walkabout after visiting a fishing museum.
Bobbie Brown, a 42-year-old Sainsbury’s shop worker, waited in chilly temperatures for more than three hours to see the Duchess, and said: “I asked her if the baby had been moving or kicking and she said ‘Yes it is, very much so.’”
More than 1,000 people were kept waiting for 70 minutes longer than expected because the Duchess had opted to fly to Grimsby by helicopter rather than taking the train, and thick fog prevented her leaving London on time.
St James’s Palace defended the decision to use the Royal Flight’s helicopter, at an estimated cost of £4,000, rather than buying train tickets for £216 return, which would have enabled the Duchess to arrive in good time for her first engagement of the day.
A palace spokesman said: “A number of factors are always taken into account when considering royal travel arrangements, including what the member of the Royal family is doing before and after the engagements, and it was decided that the best way to travel was by the Royal Flight helicopter.”
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (born 9 January 1982), is the wife of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge. William is second in line to the thrones of the sixteen Commonwealth realms and, if he becomes king, she will become queen consort. Catherine grew up in Chapel Row at Bucklebury, a village near Newbury, Berkshire, England. She studied in Scotland at the University of St Andrews, where she met William in 2001.
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National Portrait Gallery Since: January 05, 2012
Information: The Gallery was founded in 1856 to collect portraits of famous British men and women. Explore over 175,000 portraits from the 16th Century to the present day.
The Scout Association Since: January 05, 2012
Information: Young people in the UK enjoy new adventures; to experience the outdoors, interact with others, gain confidence and have the opportunity to reach their full potential.
The Art Room Since: January 05, 2012
Information:The Art Room is a charity aimed at 5 - 16 year olds who are experiencing emotional and behavioural difficulties. There are currently five Art Rooms in schools in Oxford and London.
East Anglia's Children Hospice Since: January 05, 2012
Information:We support families and care for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk. We provide care and support wherever the family wishes .
Action Of Addiction Since: January 05, 2012
Information:Action on Addiction, which works in research, prevention, treatment, professional workforce development and support for families and children.
Place2Be Since: April 19, 2013
Information: Place2Be removes the emotional barriers to learning and prevents the downward spiral that can lead to low aspirations, poor educational achievement, truancy and exclusion from school. We help improve children's classroom learning and build their resilience, providing them with brighter prospects and hopeful futures.
SportsAid Since: April 19, 2013
Information: SportsAid helps the next generation of British sports stars by giving them financial support and recognition during the critical early years of their careers. These athletes are typically aged 12 to 18 and are among our brightest hopes for future Olympic and Paralympic success.
Natural History Museum Since: April 19, 2013
Information: Our vision is to advance our knowledge of the natural world, inspiring better care of our planet. Our mission is to maintain and develop our collections, and use them to promote the discovery, understanding, responsible use and enjoyment of the natural world.
April 21: National Review of Scouts at Windsor Castle
April 23: Willows Primary School in Wythenshawe
April 24: The Art Room at the National Portrait Gallery
April 26: Warner Brothers Studios Leavesden
April 29: Naomi House Children’s Hospice
June 13: Naming & Christening Of The Princess Royal