The Duchess of Cambridge has made her first official visit for one of her new royal patronages, handed down to her by the Queen following her 90th birthday in 2016.
Catherine became the official patron of Action for Children in December 2016, and has visited one of the charities centres in Torfaen, South Wales. The Duchess was there for her first of two engagements, visiting the Multi-disciplinary Intervention Support Team (MIST), a child and adolescent mental health project.
The royal favoured a classic look for the ocassion, in a deep red Paule Ka suit skirt with a chic black polo-neck, and a pair of simple boots.
Whilst at the event in Wales on 22nd February, Catherine made sure to chat to many of the young children
who had gathered to meet her, and received bouquets of flowers while
But this isn’t the first time we’ve seen this stunning outfit on
Catherine. The thrifty Duchess actually recycled the red ensemble for
the event – as she’s previously been spotted in the same look back in
2012, when she and William met with Middle Temple Scholars in London.
And, during the second half of Catherine’s day in Wales on 22nd February, it was revealed that there is one activity the sporty Duchess isn’t quite so good at. She took part in a round of pool at the centre in South Wales – and it seems the game isn’t particularly within her skill set.
Catherine was roped into the game of pool by a user of the centre, 15-year-old Craig Davies. The fun started off well enough, but unfortunately, Craig concluded that actually, “she was dreadful”.
This is the second royal patronage that Catherine has taken over from the Queen in the last year, who decided to step down her duties as she entered her 90th year. She has since passed on 25 of her 600 patronages to other members of the royal family in order to lighten her work load.
The Queen followed her husband’s example in doing so, who also resigned from a number of his patronages when he turned 90 in 2011.
In January 2016, the Duchess also took over from the Queen as patron of Wimbledon, while she passed other duties on to more, younger members of the family – such as the Rugby Football Union to Prince Harry , and the charity Barnardo’s to the Duchess of Cornwall.
However, surprisingly the Queen did not hand over any of her engagements to Beatrice and Eugenie – suggesting that they are not set to become ‘full-time royals’. Apparently, their father Prince Andrew had been fighting for the pair to become fully fledged royals like Harry, Catherine and William – although it seems that that isn’t looking to be the case.
The young princesses do however have engagements outside of the royal
family, with Beatrice currently working on a business project, while
Eugenie works at an art auction house.