Kate Middleton Takes Over Key Charitable Patronage From Queen Elizabeth

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Kate Middleton, Prince William’s wife, was just given a major charitable patronage from Queen Elizabeth. The ruling monarch of England passed down a position she has held for the past 65 years to her granddaughter-in-law, who will one day likely assume the title of queen consort.

In a new Instagram post shared to the couple’s Kensington Royal page, it was announced that Middleton had taken over the queen’s duties, sharing some of what would be expected of the mother to Princess Charlotte and Princes George and Louis.

The charity Middleton will now work with is called Family Action, the organization having been founded in 1869 in order to help families in need by giving them practical help. This support includes the provision of critical and necessary services to enhance their overall well-being.

A series of photos included with the announcement saw Middleton walking with some children, sweetly holding hands with two children as they enjoyed time together in an area filled with fresh Christmas trees.

In some photos common to the sequence, Middleton sported a red puffer jacket, green sweater, navy blue skinny jeans, and black boots. She looked very much like a mom on the go, someone whom her subjects can truly relate to.

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Today, The Duchess of Cambridge became Royal Patron of @Family_Action. Her Majesty The Queen @TheRoyalFamily has passed the patronage to The Duchess having held the role for over 65 years. The Duchess joined children and families supported by Family Action at a Christmas tree farm and helped them to make Christmas decorations, eco-friendly reindeer food, and post their letters to Father Christmas! Her Royal Highness also helped the children find Christmas trees for Family Action pre-schools, before heading back inside for some hot chocolate. Family Action was founded in 1869 to help families in difficulty by giving them practical help and support. The charity works directly with vulnerable or disadvantaged children and families, and provides services including perinatal mental health services, counselling and therapeutic support, and the mentoring of children, young people and adults. The new patronage aligns with The Duchess’s longstanding work on the early years, and the importance of supporting children and families during this seminal period of their lives.

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A second black-and-white photo shows a younger Queen Elizabeth wearing a coat with a fur collar, some black gloves, and a hat adorned with the symbols used on playing cards. In the undated photo, the queen is seen shaking hands with an older woman, presumably as part of her duties.

The third photo shows a relaxed Middleton seated with children as they wrote letters to Santa Claus. A subsequent image showed the royal seated amid some women, listening to their stories and offering a friendly ear.

Finally, in the last photo, Middleton is pictured with children as they selected a Christmas tree.

Fans of the Duchess of Cambridge — and of her husband, Prince William — were delighted by the photos, adding their sentiments in the comments section.

“A true beauty. The Children’s Princess,” commented a follower of the family.

“Her work is getting better and better,” a second fan of the royal family remarked of the post.

“I freakin love this!! It’s so sweet and I love how she just jumps right in and just seems so normal even with being a royal,” said a third royal watcher.

Kate Middleton currently holds the title of Duchess of Cambridge. Her husband, Prince William, is the Duke of Cambridge.

While there are seemingly no plans for Queen Elizabeth to retire in the near future, it appears the couple is taking on more high-profile duties ahead of inheriting their upgraded royal titles.