The Duchess of Cambridge attending the Commonwealth Big Lunch at St Luke's Community Centre, London. Picture date: Thursday March 22nd, 2018. Photo credit should read: Matt Crossick/ EMPICS Entertainment.
It has recently been announced that Duchess Catherine will be taking on a brand new patronage, at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in Kensington, London.
The Duchess of Cambridge has made history with the new appointment, as she is the first ever royal to become a patron of the V&A.
Although the arts, culture, and design museum has long enjoyed an association with the royal family, they have never had official support in the form of a patron.
And it seems that Catherine’s new role has been inspired by her own passions – her love of photography and the arts.
Tristram Hunt, Director of the V&A, said in an official statement, “From its foundation by Prince Albert and Queen Victoria, the V&A has enjoyed a proud history of Royal support.
“We are delighted that Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge has agreed to serve as Royal Patron of the museum.
“The Duchess’s personal interest in photography, textiles and the visual arts, alongside her support for the role of art in supporting mental health and nurturing young people’s creative talent, fits naturally with the collections and civic purpose of the V&A.”
Catherine will formally take up the position from today – despite the fact that she is currently on maternity leave ahead of the arrival of her third baby.
The Duchess of Cambridge previously visited the V&A in June 2017, where she opened the new entrance, courtyard and exhibition gallery.
The Duchess opening the new V&A gallery in 2017
This appointment marks Catherine’s 16th patronage since becoming a member of the royal family.
She also holds positions with Action for Children, the Lawn Tennis Association, and the National Portrait Gallery, among others.
The historic announcement has been made just weeks before Catherine and Prince William welcome their third child. While Kensington Palace revealed that the Duchess is due in April, they did however not confirm a specific due date.
It’s thought however that the Duchess may give birth around 23rd April – poignantly, on St. George’s Day.