Prince William’s new royal patronage has this lovely link to Princess Diana

Prince William

It has been announced The Duke of Cambridge has become Royal Patron of The Passage; a charity he first visited with his mother, Princess Diana.

The Duke’s first visit to The Passage was with Princess Diana in 1993.

Kensington Palace shared a heart-warming picture of Princess Diana with her two boys during a visit to the charity.

Prince William has made several visits to the charity in the last 25 years. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge took part in an arts and craft session with clients during their visit to The Passage in December 2018.

Kate Middleton and Prince William at an official engagement

Established in 1980, The Passage is the UK’s largest resource centre for homeless people and has helped support 2,651 homeless people between 2017 and 2018.

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The Duke of Cambridge visited the charity in 2016 and said, “The visits I made as a child to this place left a deep and lasting impression upon me – about how important it is to ensure that everyone in our society, especially the poorest, are treated with respect, dignity and kindness, and are given the opportunities to fulfil their potential in life.”

Prince William visited the charity today where he joined volunteers in the kitchen to make spaghetti Bolognese as part of the charity’s lunch service.

Royal fans were pleased to hear the announcement with one person saying, ‘Great to see The Duke of Cambridge following his mother's example and supporting this vital charity.’

Princess Diana with a young Prince William

Another person said, ‘ lovely he is picking up the work his mother started.’

The Passage is delighted to have Prince William as Royal Patron. The charity’s Chief Executive, Mick Clarke said, “During His Royal Highness’ visits to The Passage, it has been very clear that he has a deep concern for those affected by homelessness and a real interest in our work. For His Royal Highness to further express his support for The Passage’s work by becoming our Royal Patron is a tremendous honour, and a testament to how much he genuinely cares about this issue.”

We are sure the charity has a special place in Prince William’s heart due to his visits as a young boy with Princess Diana.

Sarah Finley

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