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Duchess of Cambridge spends afternoon in Bucks

Kate was at a farm shop as her new Royal Patronage was announced.

Published by Dan Gooding at 1:39pm 4th December 2019. (Updated at 7:15am 5th December 2019) 3-minute read.

Duchess of Cambridge spends afternoon in Bucks

The Duchess of Cambridge popped to a farm shop in Buckinghamshire on Wednesday, as she took on a new patronage.

Kate was at Peterley Manor Farm, just outside Missenden, with children helped by Family Action, who she will now be working with.

Her Majesty The Queen passed the patronage to The Duchess having held the role for over 65 years.

Her Majesty took the patronage over from Queen Mary in 1953.

To mark her new patronage, The Duchess visited Peterley Manor Farm where she joined families and children supported by the Family Action taking part in Christmas activities.  

The Duchess of Cambridge has spent much of the last eight years meeting charities and organisations who work every day to make our families and communities stronger.

There is a powerful correlation between a parent or carer’s wellbeing and their child’s development, which is why organisations such as Family Action that provide support are instrumental to a child’s future.

This new patronage aligns with Her Royal Highness’ longstanding work on the early years, and the importance of supporting children and families during this seminal period of their lives.

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We’re delighted & honoured to announce Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge @kensingtonroyal @theroyalfamily has chosen to support Family Action’s work by becoming our Royal Patron in our 150th Anniversary year. 🎉 The Duchess will assume the Royal Patronage from Her Majesty The Queen who has held the role for 66 years, having assumed the role in turn from Queen Mary in 1953. We’d like to extend our most sincere thanks to Her Majesty for her steadfast & dedicated support for the work of our Charity over so many years. We were pleased to be joined by the Duchess today choosing Christmas trees with some of the children & families we support. It is an exciting time for our organisation & we look forward to celebrating the future & working with The Duchess further in the years to come. . . . #RoyalFamily #RoyalPatron #DuchessofCambridge #Charitypatron #theroyalfamily #katemiddleton #duchessofsussex #charitypatron #royalfamilynews #duchess #duchesscatherine #duchesskate #dukeandduchessofcambridge #thequeen #familycharity #familymatters #charity

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Family Action was founded in 1869 to help families in difficulty by giving them practical help and support.

Today, Family Action continues to tackle difficult issues facing families – including financial hardship, mental health and emotional wellbeing, social isolation, parenting challenges, domestic abuse, and substance misuse.

Family Action work directly with vulnerable or disadvantaged children and families through both local and national services and support professionals and organisations through training and consultancy provision.

Her Royal Highness previously visited Family Action’s Lewisham base in January 2019 where she launched the charity’s national support line, FamilyLine.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge also visited the charity’s ‘Family Monsters Garden’ at the Chelsea Flower Show in May 2019.

The Family Monsters Project, which encourages families to talk about the pressures they are facing to highlight that these ‘family monsters’ are normal and can be overcome.

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.” 

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