After mingling with NATO leaders at Buckingham Palace last night, Duchess Kate traveled to Buckinghamshire for an afternoon full of festive fun at a country farm.
On Wednesday, Kate stepped out for an unannounced engagement, as it was announced she’s the new patron of Family Action. Kensington Palace announced in a statement today that the Queen is passing on the patronage after 65 years.
The Duchess arrived in a look fit for the season; she donned a red puffer Perfect Moment coat and green sweater. She completed the outfit with dark-wash skinny jeans, matching green socks and brown ankle boots by Berghaus.
At Peterley Manor Farm in Great Missenden, Kate joined families and children supported by the charity, in making eco-friendly reindeer food, choosing Christmas trees and crafting decorations. After finding some festive trees, which families will take to schools run by the charity in Peterborough, they moved back inside to make hot chocolate.
She also learned more about Family Action’s work with vulnerable children, which ties in with her focus on early childhood development.
Founded in 1869, Family Action supports families suffering from financial hardship, mental health and emotional well-being, social isolation, parenting challenges, domestic abuse, and substance misuse.
This new patronage is very much in line with the other organizations Duchess Kate is a patron of. The Duchess is known for working closely with children and families and for highlighting mental health struggles.
She has previously visited the organization’s Lewisham base in January 2019, where she launched the charity’s national support line, FamilyLine.
Chief Executive of Family Action David Holmes CBE, who is a member of The Duchess’ Early Years steering group, said, “Family Action is honoured that The Duchess of Cambridge has become our Royal Patron.
“Her Royal Highness follows on from Her Majesty The Queen, who was our Royal Patron for more than 65 years. Everyone at Family Action would like to extend our thanks to Her Majesty for her steadfast support and encouragement to us over so many years.
“I have seen The Duchess’s passionate support for disadvantaged families first hand and have been impressed by her leadership in understanding and promoting the vital importance of the Early Years.
“Family Action looks forward to working with The Duchess in the years to come.”