The Duchess, who is due to give birth to her first child and future heir to the throne in July, is to become patron of Place2Be, a charity which works in schools providing early intervention mental health support, without stigmatising children, young people or families and at a point where they need it most. Currently reaching 64,000 children aged 4-14 in England, Scotland and Wales; SportsAid, a charity which helps the sports stars of tomorrow today by giving them cash awards during the defining early years of their careers; and The Natural History Museum, which is home to life and earth science specimens comprising some 70 million items within five main collections.
These 3 patronages create a total number of 7 charitable patronages for the Duchess of Cambridge. She has always been seen to take on a smaller number of charities so she can get to know them better and be more likely to be involved, rather than doing what many members of the Royal Family do and taking on many patronages. The Queen, for example, has over 600 patronages.
The Duchess is expected to give up public duties for a while in mid-June for the birth of her baby in July.