The Duchess of Sussex’s First Patronages Announced
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The Duchess of Sussex’s First Patronages Announced

This morning Kensington Palace released a statement announcing Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex’s first patronages. The four organizations reflect causes and issues Meghan has focused on throughout her humanitarian work, including the arts, access to education, support for women and animal welfare. Two of the organizations have been personally handed down from The Queen. You can read the press release below:

Her Majesty The Queen has passed on two patronages to The Duchess of Sussex –The National Theatre and The Association of Commonwealth Universities. The Queen has held the roles for 45 and 33 years respectively. Her Royal Highness will also take on Patronage of two additional charities as part of her official working portfolio – Smart Works and Mayhew.

The Duchess is delighted to become Patron of both national and grassroots organisations that are part of the fabric of the UK, and is very much looking forward to working with them to bring wider public attention to their causes. Her Royal Highness feels she can use her position to focus attention on, and make a particular difference to these organisations and, more widely, the sectors they each represent.

For the arts, the National Theatre’s mission is to make world class theatre that is entertaining, challenging and inspiring for everyone and to be as inclusive, diverse and national as possible. In support of access to education, the Association of Commonwealth Universities is the world’s first and oldest international university network and the only accredited organisation representing higher education across all 53 Commonwealth countries.

With regards to supporting women, Smart Works helps long-term unemployed and vulnerable women regain the skills, confidence and tools to succeed at job interviews, return to employment and transform their lives. In terms of animal welfare, Mayhew is a grassroots charity working in a unique way to improve the lives of animals and people to better communities both in London and internationally.

Over the last year, Her Royal Highness has held meetings and conducted private visits with each of these organisations. The Duchess will today visit Smart Works and over the next few weeks will undertake public visits to the other three organisations.

Continue Reading At Kensington Palace’s Official Site…

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December 19 – Queens’s Christmas Lunch At Buckingham Palace
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December 19 – Queens’s Christmas Lunch At Buckingham Palace

Today, (December 19, 2018) The Duke and Duchess of Sussex joined The Queen and other members of The Royal Family at Buckingham Palace for the Queens’s Christmas Lunch. As usual this is a private family event so the only photos we will see are from the arrivals and departures. Thanks so much to Holly at Connie-Britton.Com for donating some of the photos.

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December 18 – The Duchess Of Sussex Visits Brinsworth House
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December 18 – The Duchess Of Sussex Visits Brinsworth House

Today, (December 18, 2018) The Duchess of Sussex visited Brinsworth House, a residential and nursing retirement home for theatre and entertainment professionals in Staines Road, Twickenham, west London, England. The Duchess expressed the desire to visit the home after seeing footage of it at the end of this years’s Royal Variety Performance which she attended back in November with Prince Harry. Emily Nash reported that Meghan revealed she use to visit something similar when she lived in L.A. During her visit The Duchess received a tour of the facilities and met with staff before joining residents in a few Christmas themed activities including an arts and crafts session with which she added her own contribution to their Christmas artwork and viewed a musical performance. Before her departure Meghan signed the guest book and unveiled a plaque marking her visit.

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December 10 – The Duchess Of Sussex Attends The Fashion Awards
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December 10 – The Duchess Of Sussex Attends The Fashion Awards

Last night, (December 10, 2018) The Duchess of Sussex made a surprise appearance to The Fashion Awards where she presented the British Designer of the Year – Womenswear to Clare Waight Keller who designed her wedding dress and other already memorable pieces for Meghan this year. The award recognised Clare Waight Keller’s formidable contribution as a British fashion designer to the industry, and was decided by a panel of over 2,000 international industry experts.

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December 05 – Visiting The Association of Commonwealth Universities
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December 05 – Visiting The Association of Commonwealth Universities

Today, (December 05, 2018) The Duchess of Sussex had an unannounced engagement where she visited The Association of Commonwealth Universities. The ACU posted:

University leaders, academics, and international scholarship students came together at an ACU event on Wednesday 5 December to explore how higher education can help build a better world.

Hosted by King’s College London, the event was an opportunity to discuss the role of universities in addressing human trafficking and modern slavery, gender equality and inclusion, peace and reconciliation, and climate change and resilience.

HRH The Duchess of Sussex attended the event and took part in discussions, following her first official speech to students at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji in October 2018.

This fits perfectly with the reports that Meghan’s public work and patronages will be aimed toward helping women in developing countries by using higher education.

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December 04 –  The Henry van Straubenzee Memorial Funds Christmas Carol Service
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December 04 – The Henry van Straubenzee Memorial Funds Christmas Carol Service

Last night, (December 04, 2018 The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended The Henry van Straubenzee Memorial Funds Christmas Carol Service at St Luke’s Church, London, UK. The event supports The Henry van Straubenzee Memorial Fund which aims to fight poverty in Uganda through education by investing in buildings and providing hygienic and educational resources. They form partnerships with schools to ensure that even the poorest children have access to high quality education. You can read more about this charity here. Prince William and Prince Harry have been Patrons of this charity since 2009. The Henry van Straubenzee Memorial Fund was set up in memory of childhood friend of the Princes’ who died in 2002. At this year’s event Harry and Meghan both participated, with Meghan reportedly reading a poem and Harry giving an appeal on behalf of the charity. This is usually a pretty private event, but photos of The Duke and Duchess exiting out of a side door have been added to the gallery.

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