Duchess Kate Takes On Historic Patronage Before Getting In The Christmas Spirit

The Duchess of Cambridge has been named as the new patron of Family Action.

Queen Elizabeth has passed on the patronage which she has held for 65 years after taking over from Queen Mary.

To mark the momentous occasion, Kate Middleton will join families taking part in the Christmas activities later on Wednesday.

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Kate will head to Peterley Manor Farm in Buckinghamshire where she will be taken into the “Elves Enchanted Forest” to join children in decoration making as well as eco-friendly reindeer food so Rudolph and his friends don’t go hungry.

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The Duchess and the other families will also head out to pick out Christmas trees for Family Action pre-schools before warming up with some hot chocolate.

Family Action works “directly with vulnerable or disadvantaged children and families through both local and national services and support professionals and organisations through training and
consultancy provision” a statement read.

Some of their services include perinatal mental health care and mentoring of children and young people.

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“Family Action is honoured that The Duchess of Cambridge has become our Royal Patron. Her Royal Highness follows on from Her Majesty The Queen, who was our Royal Patron for more than 65 years,” said Chief Executive of Family Action David Holmes CBE of the appointment. “Everyone at Family Action would like to extend our thanks to Her Majesty for her steadfast support and encouragement to us over so many years. I have seen The Duchess’s passionate support for disadvantaged families first hand and have been impressed by her leadership in understanding and promoting the vital importance of the Early Years. Family Action looks forward to working with The Duchess in the years to come.”

Kate has spent time with Family Action in the past including visiting their display at the Chelsea Flower Show in May 2019 and visiting the Lewisham base back in January.


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